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Photo Ian Robinson'Chorley CC v St Annes at Windsor Park, Chorley'Rex Purnell
Photo Ian Robinson'Chorley CC v St Annes at Windsor Park, Chorley'Rex Purnell

Chorley CC leg-spinner Rex Purnell is part of a diverse touring party travelling to Thailand to play for the MCC in four 40 over matches and three Twenty20 fixtures.

Purnell is part of a 13-man squad looking to share their ample playing experience with the fast-developing Cricket Association of Thailand (CAT).

The players will pit their skills against the Thailand national side in three 40 over matches, in addition to playing four fixtures against a mix of the top club sides from across the nation. They will also deliver three special coaching sessions for local primary schools.

Granted Associate Membership of the International Cricket Council in 2005, the CAT is widely recognised as boasting an excellent playing infrastructure, with significant growth occurring at a grassroots level over the past 10 years.

MCC head of cricket, John Stephenson, said: “I am really pleased that Rex has been selected for this tour, and I am certain that he will be a great ambassador for the club.

“The Cricket Association of Thailand has done a superb job in recent times to spread the game and increase participation rates.

“Since the club last visited just over 10 years ago, significant strides have been made, and it is hoped that this tour will contribute to building the identity of Thailand within the international cricketing community.

“I am absolutely delighted that the club can continue to support the development of cricket in Thailand, and hope that the MCC team will provide challenging opposition to assist with raising playing standards.”

Among the games planned include: Thursday, February 16: MCC v PCG Combined XI (20 overs), ACG Ground, February 18: MCC v Thailand (40 overs), TCG Ground, February 19: MCC v Thailand (40 overs), TCG Ground.

The MCC will also be touring Canada, Italy and Tanzania in 2012.