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Agencies
New Delhi, February 06, 2014
Cricket legends Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne are slated to lead the two teams in an exhibition match to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Lord's, the original Mecca of the sport.

According to News.com.au, the former batting maestro will lead the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of the north-west London venue, while the Aussie spin magician headlines a Rest of the World side in a 50-overs per side exhibition match on July 5.

Tendulkar, who was presented with an MCC Honorary Life Membership in 2010, also said that it will be a privilege to play at the 'home of cricket' once again, while Warne, who took 19 wickets in four Tests at Lord's, said that he is sure that the match will be a lot of fun.

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

The other Indian star who will be in Sachin's team will be Rahul Dravid, returning to the ground where he hit a 95 on his debut.

Speaking of the fixture, warne 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."

MCC, founded in 1787, moved to its present site in the north-west London suburb of St John's Wood in 1814, with the ground owned by entrepreneur Thomas Lord - hence its name.

Although it is more than 40 years since MCC ceased to run English cricket, it retains worldwide responsibility for the game's 'Laws', as cricket's rules are known.