Pete on an Arabian wicket

Abu Dhabi isn’t renowned for its cricketing prowess but that doesn’t worry Pete Turnbull.

The Sheffield Collegiate fast bowler is currently with a combined MCC Universities side on a joint pre-season training camp with the MCC Young Cricketers squad in the capital and the second largest city in the United Arab Emirates, until next Friday.

Turnbull, who is a student at Anglia Ruskin University and member of the Cambridge MCC Universities squad, gained selection after excellent performances last season plus a glowing recommendation from Cambridge MCCU coach, Chris Scott.

Both sides will have full access to facilities at the Zayed International Cricket Stadium, and will play a mix of twenty20, 50 over and three-day cricket against each other, and the UAE 2nd X1. The three-day game will be played as a day-night match using pink balls, and will add to MCC’s portfolio of research into the viability of day-night Test cricket.

In addition the sides will play a 5IVES cricket match – a new format that involves teams batting alternately in five and 10 over splits, which was first trialled by the two sides at the end of last season.

MCC Head Coach Mark Alleyne said: “The experience of playing and practising in the Emirates will set Pete up beautifully for the summer and I hope he enjoys getting some overs in his legs bowling out in the middle.”