Sussex to return to Dubai for pre-season tournament

Sussex will meet reigning champions Lancashire and Durham after confirming they will be heading back to the United Arab Emirates for pre-season match practice and training sessions.

Dubai has become a regular pre-season venue for the county in recent years and they will head there on March 20 to take part in the Emirates Airlines Twenty20 tournament alongside Durham Dynamos, Lancashire Lightning and an MCC XI, featuring Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, with the matches taking place at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai.

Coach Mark Robinson said that the primary objective of the trip was to prepare the squad for the County Championship opener against Surrey on April 5 and as well as an intensive programme of practice sessions they will round off the tour with a two-day game against Durham.

Robinson said: “Guaranteeing being able to play on good wickets against good opposition in good weather is a key commodity in pre-season and we’re grateful to our sponsors for not making us rely on the unpredictable English weather during this vital time.”

The Sussex trip is being sponsored by Sport Arabia and the Crimson Hotel Group.

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