Former England batsman Marcus Trescothick has revealed that an evening of karaoke in Lahore alongside Kevin Pietersen, among others, is one of his favourite off the field memories from playing for the Three Lions.
One of the greatest English openers of the last few decades, Trescothick made more than 200 appearances for England in all formats.
He has contributed to some of our favourite England memories and made more than a fair few of his own, both on and off the field.
Speaking on ‘The Shackles Are Off’ podcast, the Somerset stalwart revealed that a karaoke evening while on tour in Pakistan that was one of his favourites.
He said: “There was one night in Lahore of all places. After the 2005 (Ashes) series, so the end of 2005.
“We lost the second Test match and the series was over. Vodaphone had organised a karaoke night for us in the hotel. It was just for the players and the staff but everyone was so annoyed and disappointed that only about eight of us turned up.
“We had this massive room and a karaoke machine. You know how hard it is to get a drink in Pakistan, it’s nigh on impossible. We had all this beer, tequila and stuff that had rocked up from the high commission.
“There were about eight of us there just messing around and it turned into one of the most entertaining karaoke nights I have ever heard.
“I think it was me, KP, Paul Nixon, Hoggard was there and Jim the guy from Vodaphone.”
When pressed on who the best singer was, Trescothick replied: “I can’t remember because were absolute smashed to bits. I remember headbutting KP and I thought I’d broken his nose.
“He had pinned me down on the floor and I just went ‘bang’ like that and nutted him one on the bridge of his nose. We were mucking about – too much tequila does that to you, doesn’t it.
“In the middle of Lahore, in this hotel where no one else knows and behind closed doors–it was the best karaoke singing you’ve ever heard.
“At the end of it all of us, all eight of us or whatever it was, got on stage and just sang to the empty room.”
To hear the full interview with Trescothick, which includes many more complete gems, look out for the latest episode of ‘The Shackles Are Off’ podcast, which is out on Saturday.