MCC reveal squad for Argentina trip
Warwickshire’s Darren Maddy and Somerset’s Steve Kirby are part of a 15-man MCC party participating in a 13-day tour of Argentina.
The touring squad also includes former Gloucestershire wicketkeeper Steve Snell, who has made sporadic appearances for Somerset in recent years, and ex-Scotland international Gregor Maiden.
MCC will be captained by Alan Lewis, one of Ireland’s most capped cricketers who also went on to serve as an international rugby referee.
In addition to playing six matches, including three against the Argentinian national side, from February 23, MCC will also deliver a special coaching session for local primary schools and present an umpiring seminar.
John Stephenson, MCC head of cricket, said: “I am delighted that MCC is touring Argentina again this year. The club has a very long and strong relationship with the Argentine Cricket Association, and I know how important MCC's visits are for the continued development of cricket there.
“Cricket has a wonderful history in South America, however, the men's national side has struggled a bit on the international scene recently.
“I hope therefore that this tour will help to reinvigorate the game, and in particular that the coaching session will inspire the next generation of cricketers in Argentina.
“Several players in the MCC side have first-class and international cricket experience, so I am sure that they will pass on some of their knowledge during the thirteen-day tour.”
Tour itinerary (all matches are 50-overs-a-side):
February 23: MCC v President's XI, St. George's College
February 24: MCC v North XI, Hurlingham Club
February 26: MCC v South XI, Belgrano Athletic Club
February 28: MCC v Argentina, Hurlingham Club
March 2: MCC v Argentina, Belgrano Athletic Club
March 3: MCC v Argentina, Belgrano Athletic Club
MCC touring party:
Mark Rollinson (manager), Alan Lewis (captain), Christopher Finegan, Oliver Howick, Steve Kirby, Tim Kirk, Mark Lomas, Darren Maddy, Gregor Maiden, Robert Pack, Glen Read, Andrew Rennison, Steve Snell, Luke Stoughton, Jeoffrey Evans (umpire).