The Telegraph
Friday , February 7 , 2014
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Sachin to lead MCC vs World

London: Sachin Tendulkar will be seen in cricket gear once again when he leads the MCC team against the Shane Warne-led Rest of the World side, at Lord’s, in a one-day game on July 5 to mark the bi-centenary celebrations of the historic club.

Tendulkar, who was made an honorary member of MCC in 2010, will lead a side that will also have Rahul Dravid.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar had also played a competitive game after his Test retirement. He scored 188 for Rest of the World against the MCC, in a bicentenary Test match at Lord’s back in 1987.

The famous Tendulkar versus Warne rivalry will be renewed for a day, as the Aussie legend leads a team that will also have former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock in its ranks.

This is the second time Tendulkar will appear at Lord’s in such a fixture, having captained the Rest of the World side — where he had scored a century — in the Lady Diana Memorial Match in 1998.

“It is an honour to be asked to captain the MCC side in such a prestigious fixture, and I am delighted to accept it,” Tendulkar said in a statement released by the MCC. “Lord’s is such a special place to play cricket in 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 a MCC honorary life membership in 2010, and it will be a privilege to play at the home of cricket once again,” Tendulkar added.

Warne, on his part, also sounded excited,to be playing the festival fixture.

“I always enjoy playing at Lord’s and as an honorary life member of MCC, I’m really excited about coming back,” Warne said in the statement.