On July 5, some of the greatest names in the recent history of cricket will come together for Marylebone Cricket Club v Rest of the World—a special one-off 50-over game celebrating the bicentenary of the iconic Lord's Cricket Ground in London.
It counts for nothing, but it will be hard to best for glitz and nostalgia.
Venue: Lord's Cricket Ground, London
Date: Saturday, July 5
Start time: 10:45 a.m. BST (5:45 a.m. EDT)
TV: Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD (UK)
Live Stream: SkySports.com (subscription required)
Weather: According to the BBC, a week of good weather in Britain will turn on Saturday, and rain showers are predicted, which is likely to affect the game.
Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Brian Lara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kevin Pietersen and more: The players list for the matchup at Lord's reads like a who's who of modern greats—and very rarely have so many superstars taken the field at the same time.
Retirement did not come so long ago for Tendulkar and Warne, while Murali and KP are still playing across various domestic T20 competitions.
It's an exhibition match on paper—and it's likely to be plenty of fun—but there will also surely be a keen edge to the game as many proud records and personal rivalries play out.
Tendulkar will lead the MCC XI, and Warne will captain Rest of the World.
Beyond that, making specific predictions about the match is rash for a number of reasons. Form is an X-factor, as some players are coming out of retirement for the game.
Others—like Shivnarine Chanderpaul—are fresh out of a Test match series.
On top of this, the weather forecast would make any game unpredictable.
With rain predicted, 100 overs of cricket are unlikely to be played—which set of veterans adjust best to the challenge of the day, and the revised amount of play, will be the ones that come out on top.
MCC XI: Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Rahul Dravid, Aaron Finch, Brian Lara, Brett Lee, Chris Read, Saeed Ajmal, Shaun Tait, Sachin Tendulkar, Umar Gul, Daniel Vettori
Rest of the World XI: Tino Best, Paul Collingwood, Adam Gilchrist, Muttiah Muralitharan, Kevin Pietersen, Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi, Peter Siddle, Tamim Iqbal, Shane Warne, Yuvraj Singh
The Little Master will be a man to watch, having walked away from professional cricket in late 2013—have his reflexes yet deserted him?
His captaincy will also be worth keeping an eye on. As a player, he was rarely in charge of his country, but he will lead an illustrious line-up at the home of cricket.
The last time MCC took on Rest of the World (ROW) at Lord's, Sachin Tendulkar captained ROW, scored 125 & won them the game. @HomeOfCricket— Adiano Brazilista (@myselfadi) July 4, 2014
Warne is always compelling viewing on a cricket pitch.
The leg-spinner is closing in on his 45th birthday, but his cricket brain was as great an asset as his bowling in the latter years of his career. He had a knack of outthinking opponents as much as spinning them out.
In a team of stellar names, it says something that Warne will be the man to watch.
Team news and player information courtesy of ESPN Cricinfo unless otherwise noted.
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