Yorkshire ready for Dubai trip

10 March 2017 06:03:57 EST
Yorkshire captain Gary Ballance.

Yorkshire will return to the United Arab Emirates for another pre-season tour later this month.

The 2014 and 2015 county champions set off on 16th March for their third consecutive UAE season warm-up.

Gary Ballance's team are set to return to England just two days before playing Leeds Bradford University in a first-class contest at Headingley on 2nd April. Their County Championship Division One campaign begins against Hampshire five days later.

The UAE itinerary includes two two-day games against Papua New Guinea and Lancashire before they play one-dayers against PNG and UAE Blues, with all the fixtures taking place in Dubai.

Six of the club's bowlers will head out to the Middle East three days prior to the rest of the squad to acclimatise and work on fitness ahead of the new season.

"When we start the season on 2nd April, the chances of having any outdoor match practice here before then is highly unlikely," said Yorkshire's director of cricket, Martyn Moxon.

"So the trip to Dubai is key to finalising our winter preparation. At this stage it's about providing the best standard of preparation and therefore improving the team's chances of being successful.

"The facilities are excellent. The practice facilities and pitches are all very good and we're looked after very well out there. Everything is in place for a really good period. We are sending the fast bowlers out a bit earlier than the rest of the group just to make sure they hit the ground running when the main party arrives."

Yorkshire are 11/4 to win the County Championship Division 1 title this year, while Middlesex can be backed at 5/1, Surrey at 13/2 and Somerset at 150/1.

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