Cayman cricket fans are in for a treat as the celebrated Marylebone Cricket Club tours here next week.
Captained by Roland Horridge, the London-based team will have in its lineup the likes of former Test player Gavin Hamilton and several former first-class players, including Stephen Henderson and Keith Medlycott.
MCC will also bring the vastly experienced former Test umpire John Holder to pass on tips.
MCC is one the world’s oldest cricket clubs, founded in 1787, based at the acknowledged home of the sport, Lord’s Cricket Ground in St John’s Wood. Steeped in cricket history and tradition, MCC was formerly the sport’s governing body in England and Wales as well as worldwide.
Local players like Marlon Bryan, Ricardo Roach, Darren Cato, Kervin Ebanks, Omar Willis and Zachary McLaughlin who all aspire to play at pro level will treat this visit as a steep learning curve.
Umpire Holder said: “This will be my first visit to the Caymans which is eagerly anticipated. As someone from the Caribbean who is a keen traveller, it gives me to see a part of the region which I have never seen before.
“Additionally, I am looking forward to passing on some of my extensive experience of umpiring to those interested in hearing.
“MCC is dedicated to promoting cricket worldwide and this is one of the aims of this tour. There are several tours every year. This year there has been one to Argentina and future ones are to Uganda, Cyprus and France. In previous years I have been with the Club twice to Kenya, and once to Uganda, Namibia, Greece and Italy, all with a view of promoting the game.”