Retired Australian speedster Brett Lee has become the latest player to be named in the Sachin Tendulkar-led Marylebone Cricket Club XI which will take on Rest of the World XI in a Lord’s Bicentenary celebration match on July 5.
English swashbuckler Kevin Pietersen and Sri Lankan spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan will also feature in the match for Rest of the World, which would be led by Australian great Shane Warne.
The MCC XI will also feature, among others, India’s former batsman Rahul Dravid, besides England assistant coach Paul Collingwood.
Retired Australian speedster Brett Lee will also feature in the match for MCC XI.
“I was very proud to have been given MCC Honorary Life Membership last year and it will be a pleasure to help the Club celebrate the Lord’s Bicentenary by playing in this match,” Lee said.
“There are a lot of familiar faces involved in both teams and I’m looking forward to celebrating such a special occasion with them.”
The Rest of the World XI will be managed by former South African all-rounder and MCC World Cricket committee member Shaun Pollock, while the MCC XI will be managed by MCC President Mike Gatting.
Muralitharan, who recently captained an MCC side in the Emirates T20 tournament in Dubai, will be making his ninth appearance at Lord’s, his last having come in the final of the World T20 in 2009, which Sri Lanka lost to Pakistan.
Muralitharan said: “It’s a great honour to have been asked to take part in this historic fixture, and I can’t wait to get back to Lord’s for the match. I thoroughly enjoyed playing for MCC in the UAE recently and it’s very exciting to be involved with the Club again.”
Pietersen said, “I was delighted to be asked to be involved in this game and the chance to share the Lord’s pitch with some of best players in the world is one I was delighted to accept. Shane Warne is a good friend of mine and I’ve enjoyed playing alongside him before so I’m sure it’ll be great fun to do it again.”