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Tendulkar, Warne To Captain In Lord's Bicentenary Game

Shane Warne, Sachin Tendulkar
Shane Warne (left) and Sachin Tendulkar will captain the opposing sides at Lord's in July
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Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne will captain the MCC and Rest of the World sides at a 50-over match to celebrate the bicentenary of Lord's.

That game will take place on 5th July and before that, England Women's captain Charlotte Edwards will lead the MCC Women's side against a Rest of the World side on 19th May.

Tendulkar and Warne are both Honorary Life Members of the MCC, and Tendulkar's MCC side will be managed by MCC President Mike Gatting.

Shaun Pollock will manage the Rest of the World side while the International Cricket Council (ICC) will select the women's Rest of the World team.

"It is an honour to be asked to captain MCC in such a prestigious fixture, and I am delighted to accept," Tendulkar said.

"Lord’s is such a special place to play cricket and I am very much looking forward to helping celebrate its bicentenary by taking part in this match.

"I was delighted to be presented with an MCC Honorary Life Membership in 2010, and it will be a privilege to play at the Home of Cricket once again."

Gatting, who scored a century during the 1987 in an MCC v Rest of the World match at Lord's, added:

"Lord’s is so well revered around the world and these matches will be hugely memorable occasions. MCC is very grateful to have been able to secure players of the calibre of Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Rahul Dravid and Charlotte Edwards to take part in them.

"This news is an exciting start to the Lord’s Bicentenary celebrations, and we are expecting to announce many more big names in the coming weeks.

"An awful lot has changed in cricket over the last 200 years but one thing has remained constant: the standing of Lord’s as the Home of Cricket.

"This great ground has been my home from home for the last 40 years and it means a great deal to be personally involved in the celebration of its bicentenary year."

Warne took 19 wickets in four Test at Lord's and is looking forward to his return.

"I always enjoy playing at Lord’s and as an Honorary Life Member of MCC I’m really excited about coming back," he said.

"I’m sure the match will be a lot of fun and it will be a pleasure to be part of the bicentenary celebrations of the most famous cricket ground in the world."

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