#UAE15: Yorkshire announce squad for Abu Dhabi tour

Yorkshire have named an 18-man squad for their pre-season tour of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, with the team flying out to the United Arab Emirates on Thursday March 12.

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(Main photo: Andrew Gale will lead Yorkshire in the UAE)

Yorkshire will play a number of matches - in various formats - with the highlights being the four-day Champion County match against the MCC commencing on Sunday March 22 at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi and the four-team Emirates Airline T20 tournament in Dubai on Friday March 20, where the Vikings have been drawn against rivals Lancashire Lightning. The other semi-final sees MCC taking on Sussex Sharks.

The White Rose county’s England Lions contingent (Jonathan Bairstow, Jack Brooks, Tim Bresnan, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett and Adil Rashid) have all been selected after a successful tour of South Africa last month.

Youngsters Matthew Fisher and Karl Carver will be touring for the first time with the senior squad and are expected to figure prominently during the 2015 season.

“We are looking forward to getting out to the UAE,” said First Team Coach Jason Gillespie. “After winning the LV= County Championship last season this was one of of the key incentives for the Club to train and play at some of the best cricket facilities in the world.

“After an intense winter period, most of it spent in the indoor facilities at Headingley, we are looking forward to developing our skills further in outdoor conditions and working towards the start of the county campaign. With a good spread of cricket across all formats, the tour will be ideal preparation for us.

“The MCC will be strong opposition in the Champion County game. Our hosts have selected a solid squad with international quality throughout, which includes England captain Alastair Cook. Our aim is to play well and win the match. Matches of this nature are what we need going into an intense period of cricket at the start of the English season in April.

“The Emirates Airline T20 competition is also looking very competitive. Having been drawn against Lancashire in the semi-final, we will be in for a real battle. The shorter format is an area of the game we will have an intense focus on. We will be making a concerted effort to improve in 2015 and this tournament will give us a perfect platform to showcase and hone in on our development.”

Meanwhile, six players (Elliot Callis, Ryan Gibson, Daniel Hodgson, Joshua Shaw, Jonathan Tattersall and James Wainman) will attend a six-day training camp at the Desert Springs Resort in Alicante, Spain commencing on March 22. They will continue to work on their skills under the guidance of coaching consultant Anthony McGrath. Joining them will be Sam Hinchliffe, the Club’s Head of Customer Operations, who is also developing his coaching credentials and recently qualified as an ECB Level Three coach.

Yorkshire squad

Andrew Gale (Captain), Moin Ashraf, Jonathan Bairstow, Jack Brooks, Tim Bresnan, Karl Carver, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Andrew Hodd, Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steve Patterson, Liam Plunkett, Richard Pyrah, Adil Rashid, Will Rhodes, Ryan Sidebottom.

Tour Itinerary

Monday March 16 2015 – Tuesday March 17 2015

Two-day practice match

Yorkshire XI v Yorkshire XI

Thursday March 19 2015

T20 Friendly Match

Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Yorkshire Vikings v Middlesex

Friday March 20 2015

Emirates Airline T20 Tournament

Dubai 7s Ground, Dubai

Yorkshire Vikings v Lancashire Lightning

MCC v Sussex Sharks

Sunday March 22 - Wednesday March 25

Champion County Match

Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi

MCC v Yorkshire

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