Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) have announced a strong squad made up of experienced and upcoming county professionals to have a crack at the 2017 Hong Kong Sixes title.

The tournament, which takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October at Kowloon Cricket Club in Hong Kong, will see MCC go head-to-head with Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, New Zealand Kiwis, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and South Africa as the only club side in the contest.

England & Nottingham all-rounder Samit Patel will lead the side that also includes Rikki Clarke, Darren Stevens, Gareth Berg, John Simpson, Ryan Higgins & Jack Leaning. MCC’s Head of Cricket John Stephenson will be the manager of the team on the tour.

MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson said: “We are very excited to be taking a team to the Hong Kong Sixes tournament. MCC has recently completed a successful tour of China and Hong Kong, and involvement in this event will continue to outline our commitment to growing the game in this area of the world.

“We have selected a strong squad with a good amount of international experience amongst it, and we look forward to playing exciting, competitive cricket in what is an innovative format of the game.”