Middlesex's Player of the Year in 2015, James Harris, has been named in the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) squad for the annual Champion County match in Abu Dhabi.
The four-day match, which is the annual curtain raiser for the English county season, will be between MCC and Yorkshire and begins on Sunday 20 March.
A combined MCC Universities squad and the MCC Young Cricketers will also be playing a number of fixtures in the UAE, and will provide 12th and 13th men for the full MCC squad.
The match will take place under the MCC Spirit of Cricket Banner and, following a request from Yorkshire, will be played in day conditions with a red ball.
The Champion County match will be preceded by the Emirates T20 tournament on Friday 18 March, for which Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara will be part of the MCC squad.
John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said: “We have put together a squad with a great mixture of youth and experience that are capable of challenging Yorkshire, and I’m sure it will be an engaging fixture for everyone involved. In Ian Bell, we have one of the best England cricketers of recent years, and there is plenty of international experience throughout the rest of the group – as well as a number of young players with the potential to play for England. I’m confident our squad can do MCC proud, put on a good performance and uphold the Spirit of Cricket throughout the tour.”
The full MCC squad for the tour of Abu Dhabi and Dubai is as follows:
- Ian Bell (Warwickshire, Captain)
- Jake Ball (Nottinghamshire)
- Scott Borthwick (Durham)
- Nick Browne (Essex)
- Rory Burns (Surrey, ex-Cardiff MCCU)
- Rikki Clarke (Warwickshire)
- Ben Foakes (Surrey)
- James Harris* (Middlesex)
- Graham Onions (Durham)
- Kumar Sangakkara** (Surrey)
- James Tredwell (Kent)
- Tom Westley (Essex, ex-Durham MCCU)
*Champion County match only
**Emirates T20 tournament only