MCC to play Rest of the World to mark Lord's bicentenary next year
The MCC have confirmed a busy schedule of fixtures next year as part of the Lord's bicentenary celebrations.
Last Updated: 16/05/13 8:51pm
The MCC will take on the Rest of the World in a 50-over clash, while MCC Women will also take on a Rest of the World XI later in the season.
Mike Gatting, who will be MCC president next year, captained the MCC in a Test against the Rest of the World in 1987 to mark the 200th anniversary of the club.
The MCC played their first match at Lord's against Hertfordshire in 1814, and the two sides will meet again on 22 June - exactly 200 years to the day of the original fixture.
Lord's residents Middlesex will celebrate their 150th anniversay next year, and a Twenty20 clash between and a President of MCC's XI and a President of Middlesex's XI has also been scheduled.
Current MCC President Mike Griffith said: "Lord's is a wonderful ground and we want to share it with as many people as possible on the occasion of its 200th birthday.
"The Club has put together a programme of diverse and unique cricketing and social events which I hope will appeal to members and non-members, cricket-lovers and those new to the game.
"We may be commemorating the past, but there is so much new to celebrate too - it's a great step forward for Lord's to host the first ever MCC v. Rest of the World women's match.
"And by throwing open our doors on 22nd June we hope to bring the delights of Lord's to many people who have never visited the ground before."