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As a move to develop cricket in an associate nation, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will tour Namibia November 3 to 14 and promote the gentlemen s game. MCC, as their active playing programme, play up to 500 matches every year through several abroad trips. The tour to Namibia is an accumulation to the four men’s tour this year to Bahrain/Oman, Netherlands and USA, beside the women’s tour to the USA & Canada.

Laurence Pieters, the board member of Cricket Namibia and head of the organisation committee was quoted in a report from Cricbuzz saying, “It’s an absolute honour and privilege for a club of this magnitude to visit Namibia”. Pieters also added the fact that the move would give them a chance for the budding talents to lock horns with MCC. It will also set up coaching for them in Windhoek and Walvis Bay.

A total number seven matches has been scheduled to be played in Windhoek and Walvis Bay. The tour will commence with two Twenty20 encounters against U-19 Namibia side in Windhoek. This will be followed by 50-overs contests against the Namibian ‘A’ and an Invitational XI side. On the contrary, the MCC will also lock horns in a T20 encounter with Namibian ‘A’ side. Later, the MCC will be going to Walvis Bay, where they will continue their tour and play 50-over games against the Coastal XI and Welwitschia XI. Joseph Barrs will lead the MCC side who was also a part of the team for the tour of Uganda in 2013.