Derbyshire County Cricket Club will return to Abu Dhabi for a third successive year in 2016 for the Briggs of Burton Pre-Season Tour.
And supporters can join the squad in the United Arab Emirates as part of the Official Supporters’ Tour, in partnership with Sport Arabia Worldwide and Etihad Airways.
The squad will fly to Abu Dhabi on Monday 7 March and will spend 10 days based at the state-of-the-art Test venue, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium complex, before returning on Thursday 17 March.
Derbyshire will compete in both red and white ball action against first-class opposition as Abu Dhabi again provides a warm weather backdrop for the county’s pre-season preparations ahead of the 2016 campaign.
Elite Performance Director, Graeme Welch said: “We’ve had two great trips to Abu Dhabi and we are happy to be returning for a third year.
“After a busy winter at Derby, it will be once again be an opportunity for the lads train outside at a Test venue and play competitive cricket before the season begins.
“It’s important that we start the new campaign well and this tour will provide us with the best preparation to do this.
“From the point of view of the spectators, it is a wonderful place to visit and we hope people can come along and support us.”
Sport Arabia Worldwide Managing Director, Matthew Jackson added: “My staff and I really enjoyed the company of the Derbyshire supporters touring party last year.
“We are looking forward to hosting them again along with some new faces in 2016. The luxury setting on Yas Island is an ideal place for a holiday, plus the first class facilities, great weather and competitive nature of the cricket in Abu Dhabi makes this tour an ideal way for the team and supporters to get a flying start the season.
“I’m sure those who travelled with us last year would agree.”
Supporters can join the first team squad as part of the Official Supporters’ Tour, in association with Etihad Airways and Sport Arabia Worldwide on a package that includes:
– Flights to Abu Dhabi from Manchester Airport with Etihad Airways
– Seven nights at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Yas Island including breakfast
– Shaded seating at matches with food and water provided. Sport Arabia Worldwide host on hand
– All UAE ground transportation including airport transfers
– ATOL protection
– Complimentary access to the Yas Island Beach Club during your stay
Price from £1,295 per person (based on twin share)
Single Supplement £325 per person
For more information about attending the Briggs of Burton Pre Season Tour, call 07903 952 768 or email [email protected].