Sunil Gavaskar did it, so why shouldn’t Shane Wrane and Sachin Tendulkar?
We are talking about coming out of retirement to play in a match to celebrate the bicentenary of the MCC. In 1987 Gavaskar who had retired played in the Bicentenary Test at Lords and scored a century for the Rest of The World side.
Tendulkar will captain the MCC team despite retiring from international cricket last year. Old rival Shane Warne will captain the Rest of the World side in this one day game on July 5th. Also expected to play for the Rest of the World is retired South African Captain Shaun Pollock and for the MCC Rahul Dravid.
Both Warne and Tendulkar are Honarary Members of the MCC, and are likely to be star attractions.
Some are questioning why the MCC has had to turn to the retired stars to attract attention to this match, does this not reflect that those currently playing at the top of World Cricket lack the personality and pulling power of the Warne Tendulkar Pollock and Dravids of this world? If that is so how long can the game continue to call back yesterday’s heroes?
Hopefully the MCC may well use this game as an opportunity to showcase up-and-coming talent which may go on and become the next generation of cricketing hero. It will be interesting to see the final team line-ups.