Ramprakash pulls out of MCC squad
Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash will play no part in the domestic season curtain-raiser between the MCC and Durham after flying home for personal reasons.
Ramprakash, 40, had been in Abu Dhabi preparing for the four-day clash, which is serving as a high-profile trial for floodlit first-class cricket using pink balls, but has now returned to England.
The Surrey player is one of county cricket's most prolific run-scorers and was one of the star names in the MCC's 12-man squad.
His departure means the remaining 11 MCC players will all play against the champion county, while the United Arab Emirates national team will provide a 12th man for today’s fixture.