Shahid Afridi will return to the scene of his 2009 World T20 starring position in a quick comeback to worldwide cricket after being confirmed among the many first group of gamers in the World XI to face West Indies at Lord’s subsequent month.
The match on Might 31 has been organized to boost cash for the rebuilding of stadiums in the Caribbean that have been badly broken Hurricanes Irma and Maria final yr.
Afridi, Man of the Match as Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to win the 2009 event, performed the final of his 98 T20Is in March 2016 and shall be joined by former Pakistan team-mate Shoaib Malik, who additionally performed in the ultimate, and Sri Lanka allrounder Thisara Perera.
“I’m humbled to have been chosen for such a noble trigger,” Afridi mentioned. “Cricket is one massive household and regardless of how onerous and hard we play in opposition to one another, there’s great camaraderie throughout the group. As such, it’s our ethical obligation to face up and help every time and wherever we will, to help our members, colleagues and cricket followers.”
Malik mentioned: “As a lot as the possibility of figuring in such a choose group, I additionally see this as a possibility to contribute in a significant trigger. We now have all heard of the injury brought on by the 2 hurricanes in the West Indies final yr and it’s actually good to see so many cricketers come collectively for the target of elevating funds to restore the injury to cricket venues.
“That the match is being performed at Lord’s makes this occasion additional particular for me. Lord’s clearly is among the most revered cricket venues however I even have some very pleasant reminiscences there. One that actually stands out is anchoring the chase together with Shahid Afridi after we beat Sri Lanka in the ultimate to win the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009.”
West Indies, who shall be led by Carlos Brathwaite, recently confirmed their squad for the match, with Andre Russell set to make his worldwide return following his doping-code violation.
The World XI shall be captained by Eoin Morgan with the rest of the squad to be named in the approaching weeks.
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