The first name on the International Cricket Council (ICC) World XI team sheet for this summer's match at Lord's has been confirmed, with the news that England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan will skipper the side in the International T20 against the West Indies.
The match that takes place on Thursday 31st May will raise funds for two stadia in the Caribbean that were damaged following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.
Defending ICC World T20 Champions, the Windies, will face what is expected to be a very strong World XI side with Morgan at the helm and the England captain is relishing the prospect.
Morgan, who is also set to feature at Lord's for Middlesex this summer in the Vitality Blast, said: "I am delighted to captain the ICC World XI at Lord’s in May against the West Indies,” said Morgan.
"The cricket family always comes together to support worthwhile causes and this one-off T20I, featuring some of the best players in the world will be a great spectacle at the Home of Cricket.
this one-off T20I featuring some of the best players in the world will be a great spectacle at the Home of Cricket
"I am sure the sporting public will come out in force and help raise money and awareness towards restoring parts of the Caribbean hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September last year, which ripped through many communities in this beautiful part of the world."
Tickets for the match, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, are available from just £20 for adults and £10 for children at lords.org/tickets or by telephoning the M.C.C. Ticket Office (020 7432 1000).
Giles Clarke, the ECB President and ICC Director is leading the coordination of the match, supported by the ICC, ECB and MCC in partnership with Cricket West Indies.
He said: “Two category 5 hurricanes in two weeks last year devastated parts of the Caribbean and the world of cricket was keen to show support with a fundraising initiative. What better way to do that than staging a world-class game at the Home of Cricket!
“Eoin Morgan as captain is a wonderful first name on the ICC World XI team sheet and in due course we’ll have more players from around the world lending their support to what I’m sure will be a highly entertaining and competitive day of cricket at Lord’s in May.”