KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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In the summer of 2014 MCC will invite the finest men’s and women’s cricketers from across the globe to help celebrate the Bicentenary of the current Lord's Ground in the most fitting style possible – two MCC v Rest of the World matches.
In the men's game, on Saturday 5 July, MCC will be captained by India legend Sachin Tendulkar, while Rest of the World will be skippered by Shane Warne.
The women’s match is particularly momentous, given it is both the first MCC Women’s match to be staged on the Main Ground, and the first time a women’s Rest of the World side has ever played. The match will take place on Monday 19 May.
The MCC women's team will be led by England captain Charlotte Edwards, who will play alongside the first female Wisden Cricketer of the Year Claire Taylor, with the Rest of the World side including India's Mithali Raj and Australia's Ellyse Perry.
Both matches will be 50-over contests.
Lord’s has staged MCC v Rest of the World matches before – indeed for the Club’s Bicentenary in 1987 the current MCC President Mike Gatting captained the Club and hit a brilliant century against an attack featuring Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Courtney Walsh.
Gatting will manage the MCC XI for the men's match, while the Rest of the World XI will be managed by ex-South Africa all-rounder and MCC World Cricket committee member Shaun Pollock.
Numerous players have been announced for the men's match, with the confirmed list so far being:
|Sachin Tendulkar||India||MCC (captain)|
|Shane Warne||Australia||Rest of the World (captain)|
|Adam Gilchrist||Australia||Rest of the World|
|Kevin Pietersen||England||Rest of the World|
|Muttiah Muralitheran||Sri Lanka||Rest of the World|
|Shivnarine Chanderpaul||West Indies||TBC|
|Daniel Vettori||New Zealand||TBC|
*The final composition of the teams will be confirmed when all players are announced, in order to fairly balance the make-up of the sides.
|MCC||Rest of the World|
|Charlotte Edwards (capt)||England||Suzie Bates||New Zealand|
|Heather Knight||England||Deandra Dottin||West Indies|
|Claire Taylor||England||Jhulan Goswami||India|
|Sarah Taylor||England||Marizanne Kapp||South Africa|
|Arran Brindle||England||Meg Lanning||Australia|
|Natalie Sciver||England||Sana Mir||Pakistan|
|Jenny Gunn||England||Ellyse Perry||Australia|
|Holly Colvin||England||Rachel Priest||New Zealand|
|Isa Guha||England||Mithali Raj||India|
|Kate Cross||England||Shashikala Siriwardene||Sri Lanka|
|Danielle Hazell||England||Stafanie Taylor||West Indies|
|Paul Shaw (Coach)||Lisa Keightley (Coach)|
|Baroness Heyhoe-Flint (Manager)||Caroline Atkins (Manager)|
Tickets for the Men's MCC v Rest of the World match are sold out, though hospitality options still remain.
Tickets for the Women's match are available to buy online now.