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Broad to captain MCC in Champion County match

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Stuart Broad will captain MCC when they play Surrey next month in the annual Champion County match.

The match, which signals the start of the new county season, will be played in Dubai from March 24 to March 27.

Traditionally played between the MCC and the previous season’s winner of the County Championship, last year’s fixture was held in Barbados, with 2017 County Championship winners Essex losing to MCC by an innings and 34 runs. From 2010 to 2017, the fixture was held in Abu Dhabi.

Dom Bess (left) hit 107 and took eight wickets in MCC’s innings win in 2018

Broad, who is currently playing for England in their Test series against West Indies, was England’s T20I captain from 2011 to 2014.

The rest of the MCC side has yet to be announced.

“We are thrilled that Stuart has agreed to captain the side for the Champion County match against Surrey,” said John Stephenson, the MCC’s assistant secretary.

“He is not only a player of the very highest class, but his experience of over 100 Test matches will be invaluable to the younger players in the squad, and I am sure that they will be eager to learn from one of England’s greatest ever bowlers.

“Surrey were undoubtedly the best side in last season’s County Championship and have an extremely strong squad, so it will be a tough challenge for Stuart and his side but one I am sure they will relish.”

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