Tendulkar, Warne captains in Lord's bicentenary match
Sachin Tendulkar will captain a team representing Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) against a Shane Warne-led Rest of the World in an exhibition match to celebrate the bicentenary of Lord's in July. The 50-over match is one of a number of specially arranged events to mark 200 years since the first game played on the ground.
MCC's current president Mike Gatting will be the manager of the team that also includes former India captain Rahul Dravid. Warne will oversee the Rest of the World XI alongside Shaun Pollock in the fixture, which will take place on July 5.
"It is an honour to be asked to captain MCC in such a prestigious fixture, and I am delighted to accept," Tendulkar said. "Lord's is such a special place to play cricket and I am very much looking forward to helping 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, who retired from international cricket in 2007 but continued to turn out in the Big Bash League until 2013, 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."
An MCC women's team, captained by Charlotte Edwards, will play a Rest of the World XI on May 19. Claire Taylor, the former England batsman and only woman to be named Wisden Cricketer of the Year, will select the Rest of the World team, the first time such a side has been assembled in the women's game.
The Bicentenary Festival Weekend will take place over July 20-22 and includes a repeat of the first-ever match at Lord's, between MCC and Hertfordshire in 1814, as well as traditional fixtures between Oxford and Cambridge, and Eton and Harrow.