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Ben Duckett and Haseeb Hameed will represent MCC in the 2017 Champion County match in Abu Dhabi, beginning on Sunday 26 March.

The young England duo have been named as part of the team which will take on Middlesex in the annual, four-day curtain raiser for the English county season.

The fixture will take place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium and will be played with a pink Dukes ball in day/night conditions. It has been played in Abu Dhabi under the MCC Spirit of Cricket banner since 2009.

Kent’s Sam Northeast will captain a youthful side, which includes England Lions trio Joe Clarke, Tom Alsop and Lewis Gregory.

Somerset and former Cardiff MCCU bowler Jack Leach has also been selected alongside fellow spinner Mason Crane.

This will be Middlesex’s first involvement in the fixture in its current format, having won the 2016 Specsavers County Championship for the first time in 23 years last summer.

Last season’s MCC team overcame 2015 County Champions Yorkshire by four wickets thanks to impressive performances from Ian Bell, Jake Ball and James Tredwell.

The preceding Emirates Airline T20 tournament, featuring MCC, Middlesex and two other first class counties, will take place on Friday 24 March.

John Stephenson, MCC Head of Cricket, said: “Having worked closely with the England selectors to assemble this group, I am very pleased with the fantastic talent we have at our disposal.

"Haseeb Hameed, Joe Clarke and Ben Duckett are three of the most exciting young batsmen in the country at the moment, and I’m looking forward to seeing them.

"We’ve also selected a youthful and varied bowling attack which I’m sure will pose problems for the Middlesex batsmen.

"The facilities in Abu Dhabi and Dubai remain excellent for first class cricket and we’re looking forward to a competitive match.”

Jack Leach said: “It's special for me to be selected to play for MCC, as someone who came through the MCC Universities scheme.

"I've got a lot of happy memories of my time at Cardiff, and it played a big part in my cricketing development.

"This selection means I've got some really good quality cricket to prepare for the start of the season at home, with the Lions tour to Sri Lanka and our trip to Spain with Somerset, and now playing for MCC.”


MCC 2017 Champion County team

Name Teams
 Haseeb Hameed Lancashire, England
 Tom Alsop Hampshire, England Lions
 Sam Northeast © Kent
 Ben Duckett Northamptonshire, England
 Joe Clarke Worcestershire, England Lions
 Ben Cox Worcestershire
 Lewis Gregory Somerset, England Lions
 Matt Coles Kent, England Lions
 Matt Fisher Yorkshire, England U19
 Mason Crane Hampshire
 Jack Leach Somerset, England Lions
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