On a very lengthy and arduous tour lasting from mid-September to
mid-March, M.C.C. enjoyed enormous popularity.Although most of England's leading cricketers
stayed at home for the winter. the matches were watched by two million
spectators, The team that was sent lost the Test series against India by two matches to nil but beat Pakistan
in their Test series.The seamers
found their bowling ineffective in Indian conditions and a huge workload fell
on Lock and Allen.
It was the first time a Test series was played in a split
fashion, the Indian section of the tour split the Test series against
Pakistan into two parts - one Test took place at Lahore before playing the five-match
series against India, then back to Pakistan nearly twelve weeks later for two
more Test matches - a unique arrangement to accommodate India's departure for
the West Indies at the end of January.
M.C.C. included nine players new to Test cricket although four of
them - Bob Barber, John Murray, Eric Russell and David Smith - had already
had the experience of touring in New Zealand the previous winter.
This was M.C.C.'s first "Test tour" of Pakistan.M.C.C. had toured in 1951-52, and played
unofficial representative matches, and also sent an "A" team in
1955-56 which played four unofficial 'Tests'.
Not selected:Tom Graveney, Norman Gifford, David Larter
Time between selection and departure from England
(23 August - 8 October)
On 8 October 1961 the team flew from Heathrow to Karachi,
and arrived at Rawalpindi
the following day.
For the Indian section of the tour, the team went from Karachi to Bombay on 27
October 1961 ; and back to Pakistan
from Madras via Calcutta
to Dacca on
16 January 1962.
For the last leg of the tour the team was due to fly from Karachi and land at Colombo
at 4 pm on Friday 9 February but their departure was postponed 12 hours so
the first match in Ceylon
was delayed.They left on 10 February
Time spent in Pakistan
and India124 days
October -10 February)
Ted Dexter (captain),
Mike Smith (vice-captain), Tony Lock,
Tom Pearce (manager).
Binks was chosen on 5 January to replace Murray, who returned on 6
January for a varicose veins operation. Two days later Binks flew from London to Bombay.
The team left Colombo
by air on 19 February.They flew in
two separate groups.Eight players
(Dexter, Allen, Parfitt, Pullar, Richardson, Russell, D.R.Smith, White);landed at Heathrow on 20 February but the
other eight were delayed at Cairo.