Lancashire CCC can confirm a 22-man squad the upcoming pre-season tour to Dubai, which includes the Emirates Airline Twenty20 competition, ahead of the Club’s return to Division One of the County Championship next, starting in April.

Lancashire’s Cricket Director and Head Coach Ashley Giles said: “After a solid winter of work at Emirates Old Trafford, getting outside in good conditions is great preparation for the domestic campaign”.

“We’ll be playing against our Pennine rivals and County Champions in what will be a great test for us. The lads will be looking forward to it and it will be good to see some of our supporters over there cheering the lads on.”

Captain Steven Croft added, “Playing over in the UAE is a great way to prepare for the cricket season and the lads are certainly looking forward to taking part in the Emirates T20 competition.

“Yorkshire will be a tough proposition out there but as defending NatWest T20 Blast champions we’ll be aiming to give them a really good game.

“If we can replicate the same kind of form and skills that served us so well last year, then the fans out there in Dubai will hopefully be in for a treat.”

The Emirates Airline Twenty20 will feature defending champions Yorkshire CCC, the MCC, NatwestT20 Blast Champions Lancashire and the UAE National Team. The MCC’s team includes Sri Lanka legend Kumar Sangakkara, Ian Bell and Samit Patel. Tickets for the tournament, including hospitality brunch, can be purchased at Emiratest20.com/tickets.

Full Lancashire squad:

Bailey, Brown, Buck, Chapple, Clark, Croft, Davies, Edwards, Griffiths, Hameed, Jarvis, Jones, Kerrigan, Lester, Lilley, Livingstone, Mahmood, Parkinson, Parry, Procter, Reece and Smith

Visit www.emiratesT20.com/media for press resources and to register your attendance at the Press Conference and tournament day.

Pictured above: Lancashire players during the 2014 edition of the Emirates Airline Twenty20