Brian Lara has been confirmed to play for MCC in their Anniversary Day Bicentenary Celebration match against Hertfordshire at Lord’s on Sunday 22 June.
West Indies legend Lara will be the star attraction at Lord’s on the 200th anniversary of the first match ever played at the Home of Cricket.
Lara, an Honorary Life Member of MCC, will join fellow internationals Trent Johnston and Dale Benkenstein in a strong side, led by the Club’s Head of Cricket John Stephenson.
Considered one of the finest batsmen of his, or any, generation, Lara made 11,953 Test runs at an average of 52.88 in a stellar career.
He holds the records for the highest Test score – 400 not out against England in 2004 – and the highest individual first class total of 501 not out for Warwickshire against Durham in 1994.
Anniversary Day marks one of the high points of celebration for this year’s Bicentenary of the present Lord’s Ground.
To mark the occasion MCC has organised a series of activities, workshops and entertainment around the Ground.
Gates open: 12noon
Match info: 2pm start, 40-overs per-side
Tickets: Adults £10, Over 65s £5, Under 16s £5
For the first time since 1966 entry requirements to the Pavilion will be relaxed, allowing members of the public access to the Grade II Listed building.
Spectators will also be able to watch the match from on the outfield for the first time since 1987.
There will also be live performances, masterclass sessions with former international cricketers, special tours and a food and drink festival taking place throughout the day.
Tickets are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s for seating in any stand.
Speaking about the match, MCC Head of Cricket Stephenson said: "We’re delighted that Brian is going to be playing in this match, and it will be a special treat for all those attending to see him bat again.
"It is fitting that the 200th anniversary of a ground steeped in so much cricket history is going to be graced by one of the greatest batsman to ever play the game.
"Brian’s inclusion adds to what is already going to be a very exciting day with so much entertainment on and off the field, and it would be great to see as many people as possible coming to celebrate the bicentenary of the Home of Cricket."
MCC team to play Hertfordshire:
|John Stephenson (c)|