Sachin, Lara to play for MCC against ROW at Lords

Gill Saab

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West Indies legend Brian Lara is among the final six players confirmed as a participant in the MCC v Rest of the World Bicentenary match at Lord's on July 5.

Lara will play alongside India icon Sachin Tendulkar in an MCC side which also includes hard-hitting Australia batsman Aaron Finch.

Tendulkar will captain the side to take on Shane Warne's Rest of the World XI, a team that features his close friend Kevin Pietersen, Muttiah Muralitharan and Shahid Afridi.

The Rest of the World XI will be managed by ex-South Africa all-rounder and MCC World Cricket committee member Shaun Pollock, while the MCC XI will be managed by Club President Mike Gatting.

Lara said: "Lord's always holds a very special place in any cricketer's heart, and I am very much looking forward to helping celebrate its Bicentenary with MCC this summer.

"It was an honour to be asked to be involved and it will be fantastic to play at such an iconic place on such a special occasion."

MCC Head of Cricket, John Stephenson, said: "It's extremely exciting for us to confirm the full line-ups for this match and I cannot wait to see them put on a show at the Home of Cricket.

"This is a very special year for Lord's and I'm delighted to see the calibre of players who are so keen to come and celebrate the Lord's Bicentenary with MCC."


MCC: Sachin Tendulkar (captain), Saeed Ajmal, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Rahul Dravid, Aaron Finch, Umar Gul, Brian Lara, Brett Lee, Chris Read, Shaun Tait, Daniel Vettori.

Rest of the World: Shane Warne (captain), Shahid Afridi, Tino Best, Paul Collingwood, Adam Gilchrist, Tamim Iqbal, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kevin Pietersen, Virender Sehwag, Peter Siddle, Yuvraj Singh.


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MCC Squad

SR Tendulkar*, S Chanderpaul, R Dravid, AJ Finch, BC Lara, B Lee, CMW Read†, Saeed Ajmal, SW Tait, Umar Gul, DL Vettori

Rest of the World XI Squad

SK Warne*, TL Best, PD Collingwood, AC Gilchrist†, M Muralitharan, KP Pietersen, V Sehwag, Shahid Afridi, PM Siddle, Tamim Iqbal, Yuvraj Singh

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Bad news! Toss has been delayed and will not happen until 12:00 local time.

Alright! It's all set for Tendulkar v Warne, Lara v Muralitharan, Pietersen v Vettori and much more. Ah! Just can't wait for the action to begin. While all this sounds good, unfortunately, the weather forecast is not all that great. Showers are predicted but the good news is that it is sunny out there right now. However, there are some dark clouds hovering over the ground.
The MCC side will be led by Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, while Shane Warne will wear the captain's hat for ROW XI. It has been quite a while that some of these players have played competitive cricket and Tendulkar himself admitted that he found it hard to find the middle of the bat in the practice sessions after enjoying his retired life. Meanwhile, in England, all eyes will be on Kevin Pietersen who will be playing in front of a full house for the first time after his axing from the England side. In fact, Pietersen went on to say that he was keen to make a comeback into the national side as he felt that his body is in fine shape and added that all it needs is just a phone call from someone to ask him to join the England side.
Rain, rain stay away, come again another day, we want our heroes to play! Folks, this is going to be a cracking contest as both Marylebone Cricket Club and Rest of the World XI gear up to battle hard to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Lord's cricket ground. Who would have thought that we would get a glimpse of the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Rahul Dravid, Adam Gilchrist and Muttiah Muralitharan in action again. It is certainly going to be intersting to see how some of the current players mingle with the retired legends.