Yorkshire County Cricket Club have named an 18-man squad for their pre-season tour of the United Arab Emirates for the Emirates Airline Twenty20 and the four-day Champion County match against the MCC starting on Sunday March 20. The team travel out to the Emirates on Friday March 11 and return to Headingley on Thursday March 24.

The White Rose County will be looking to retain the Emirates Airline Twenty20 trophy, which they won last year defeating Lancashire Lightning at the semi-final stages and Sussex Sharks in the final. The tournament, held at Dubai’s The Sevens Stadium, takes place on Friday March 18. The Vikings take on the MCC in the second semi-final with the UAE national side hosting Lancashire in the first semi-final. Live scores and streaming will be available in due course. Follow @EmiratesT20 on Twitter and visit the website www.emiratesT20.com for updates.

Jason Gillespie’s squad will be without Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root and David Willey. The quartet will be in India representing England in the ICC World T20. Test wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow is also missing after being rested following his winter commitments with the England Test and One-day squads.

All-rounder Matthew Waite and Academy wicketkeeper Jonathan Read will both be touring for the first time with the senior squad.

“We are excited and looking forward to returning to the Emirates for our pre-season tour,” said First Team Coach Jason Gillespie.

“Despite some of our international players away with England and Jonny (Bairstow) being rested after an intense winter with the national side, we are taking a strong squad to the UAE with a great mix of young guys coming through alongside the established senior players.

“After spending most of the winter in the indoor facilities at Headingley, the lads are ready to get some sun on their backs and play and train in some of the best facilities in the world.

“With a good spread of cricket across all formats, the tour will be ideal preparation for us going into a busy English summer.”

Yorkshire CCC 2016 UAE Tour Squad:

Gary Ballance, Jack Brooks, Tim Bresnan, Karl Carver, Ben Coad, Matthew Fisher, Andrew Gale (First-class captain), Ryan Gibson, Andrew Hodd, Jack Leaning, Alex Lees (One-day captain), Adam Lyth, Steve Patterson, Jonathan Read, Will Rhodes, Ryan Sidebottom, James Wainman, Matthew Waite.


Tour Itinerary


Monday March 14 – Tuesday March 15

Two-day match

Yorkshire v Lancashire

ICC Academy Ground, Dubai (10.30am local)


Thursday March 17

T20 warm-up match

Yorkshire Vikings v Leicestershire Foxes

The Sevens Ground, Dubai (2.30pm local)


Friday March 18

Emirates Airline Twenty20 Tournament

UAE XI v Lancashire Lightning SF1 (10.00am local)

Yorkshire Vikings v MCC SF2 (1.30pm local)

Winners of SF1 v Winners of SF2 (4.30pm local)

The Sevens Stadium, Dubai


Sunday March 20 – Wednesday March 23

Champion County Match (10.30am local)

MCC v Yorkshire

Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi