Sachin Tendulkar previously played © PTI
Sachin Tendulkar previously played in the Princess of Wales Memorial game in 1998 © PTI


Feb 6, 2014


Legendary cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne will lead Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and Rest of World teams respectively in a  50-over exhibition match on July five at Lord’s.


MCC’s team will be managed by Mike Gatting and will include Rahul Dravid as well. The Rest of the World XI will be managaed by the former South Africa all-rounder, Shaun Pollock as reported by Lord’s official website.


On the other side, England captain Charlotte Edwards will lead MCC XI in the women’s match against Rest of World team on 19 May. The captains for both teams were announced by Gatting on fifth February in the Lord’s Long Room.


Actually, Tendulkar has already appeared at Lord’s in such a game, having captained the Rest of the World side in the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial match in 1998.


Tendulkar said, “It is an honour to be asked to captain MCC in such a prestigious fixture, and I am delighted to accept. Lord’s is such a special place to play cricket and I am very much looking forward to help celebrate its bicentenary by taking part in this match. I was delighted to be presented with an MCC Honorary Life Membership in 2010, and it will be a privilege to play at the Home of Cricket once again.”


Warne said, “I always enjoy playing at Lord’s and as an Honorary Life Member of MCC I’m really excited about coming back. I’m sure the match will be a lot of fun and it will be a pleasure to be part of the bicentenary celebrations of the most famous cricket ground in the world.”


MCC President Gatting stated, “Lord’s is so well revered around the world and these matches will be hugely memorable occasions.


“MCC is very grateful to have been able to secure players of the calibre of Tendulkar, Warne and Dravid to take part in them.


He concluded, “This news is an exciting start to the Lord’s Bicentenary celebrations, and we are expecting to announce many more big names in the coming weeks.”