DUBAI: Sussex name squad for pre-season tour which begins this week17-Mar-2014
Sussex County Cricket Club have announced their squad to travel to Dubai this week for their pre-season preparations.
The squad fly out to the UAE and will play initially in the Emirates Airline T20 2014 Tournament, attempting to defend the title they have won for the past two seasons.
In this year’s campaign they will take on Lancashire Lightning in the semi-final, and in a potential final would face either the MCC, who can name Muttiah Muralitharan amongst their ranks, or a KPL XI from the UAE domestic league.
The tour’s primary objective though will once again be preparing the squad for four-day cricket with a programme of training sessions planned, culminating in a two-day game against Lancashire. There will also be two 50-over matches, against MCC Universities and MCC Young Cricketers.
There are a few omissions to Sussex's squad due to the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh where Chris Jordan and Luke Wright are with the England squad, whilst skipper Ed Joyce represents Ireland.
Chris Nash remains at home to recover from a ruptured appendix having been ruled out of the early games of the season. He is replaced by young seamer Matthew Hobden in the tour party who will be aiding his own recovery from a shin injury and is unlikely to be available for selection.
Matt Prior will be with the squad for part of the trip and will be available for the Emirates T20.
A huge thank you goes to Crimson Hotels, who are Sussex’s Official Hotel Partner, for their continued support with the accommodation for the tour in conjunction with Sport Arabia.
Sussex's pre-season squad:
Itinerary (all times local):
Fri 21st March
Emirates Airline T20 Semi-Final vs. Lancashire at 7he Sevens Ground, Dubai – 10.30am
Emirates Airline T20 Possible Final at 7he Sevens Ground, Dubai – 6.00pm
Sat 22nd March
50 over match vs. MCC Universities at 7he Sevens Ground, Dubai – 11.00am
Sun 23rd March
50 over match vs. MCC Young Cricketers at The Zayed Stadium Nursery Ground, Abu Dhabi – 11.00am
Tues 25th March
Day One vs. Lancashire at 7he Sevens Ground, Dubai – 10.30am
Weds 26th March
Day Two vs. Lancashire at 7he Sevens Ground, Dubai –10.30am