Adam Lyth is looking to get his 2016 season off to a flying start during Yorkshire CCC’s tour of the United Arab Emirates this month.
The club head out today on a 13-day trip that will include the prestigious Champion County match against the MCC, the traditional curtain-rasier to the English season.
Whitby’s Lyth, who won the top male achiever and Mavis Clayton Memorial Trophy at the Scarborough News Scarborough & District Sports Council 2015 Sports Awards last week, said: “I am really looking forward to getting some games under my belt after a lot of indoor work over the winter months.
“This is a very important pre-season for me and the chance to get as many games in as possible.
“The MCC game will be a tough one, they are captained by England batsman Ian Bell and will have a strong line-up.”
Yorkshire won the corresponding fixture last year by nine wickets before successfully defending their Championship crown.
In addition to that four-day match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, beginning on Sunday March 20, the Tykes will also be looking to retain the Emirates Airline T20 Cup.
The four-team tournament, which Yorkshire won last year by beating Lancashire and Sussex, takes place in Dubai on Friday March 18.
Yorkshire take on MCC in the second semi-final this year, with the UAE national side hosting Lancashire in the other semi-final.
Yorkshire also face Lancashire in a two-day game in Dubai starting on Monday, and Leicestershire in a T20 warm-up in Dubai on Thursday.
Lyth was also quick to praise Whitby’s Ryan Gibson and former Scarborough CC wicketkeeper Jonathan Read after their call-up to the 18-man squad for the tour.
“It is great to see that there is plenty of cricketing talent in this area with the likes of Read being called up to the tour, and also Ryan Gibson going on his first-ever pre-season trip with Yorkshire,” he added.
“They will both get plenty of experience from competing at this level and it will also give them the opportunity to shine with the likes of Jason Gillespie and Martyn Moxon, and the rest of the coaches looking at them both.”
Read and Gibson are also both previous winners at the Scarborough Sports Council Awards.