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Mark Ramprakash

Mark Ramprakash is out of the MCC's game against Durham after returning home from Abu Dhabi for personal reasons

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.

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