Ok. This weekend you've decided to have a dinner party.
Four excellent courses, fine selection of wines, beers and spirits in the offing.
A couple rules apply though.
You're only allowed 5 guests.
They must all have at least played first-class cricket, and they can be from any era.
For the purposes of the exercise, assume they're all alive and kicking, otherwise the conversation will be somewhat stilted.
Who do you invite, and why? If you're so inclined, tell us what food you'd serve them, and why; what drinks you'd serve them, and why.
If anyone says anything about one of Tendulkar, Lara or Ponting having better table manners than the other, I will ask a mod to close the thread.
Grace (making sure not a buffet, there'd be nothing left for anyone else)
Spofforth (interesting to see how he'd interact with Grace)
K Miller (a raconteur of the highest order apparently, and one who wouldn't leave the bar til closing)
Tendulkar (for all his runs scored, I really know precious little about him as a person, and it would be interesting to find out)
Sir Frank Worrell (just to shake his hand - what a man he was).
Is heavily biased towards days of yore, not so much because I think those fellas are necessarily more interesting as people than a modern player might be, rather I don't think they'd speak in the cliches many modern players seem obliged to in their dealings with the media.
Not sure on the menu, but there'd be some quality liquor flowing from early on.
Would like to hear some thoughts please, and if it's been done before I really don't care.