Lara to pad up
...teams up with Tendulkar against Rest of the World
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.