Shahid Afridi has been appointed as the captain of the ICC World XI side that will play against West Indies at Lord’s on Thursday after Eoin Morgan was ruled out after suffering a finger fracture in his right hand.
Afridi said he was overwhelmed to have been appointed captain of the World XI.
He said: “It’s a great honour to be leading the ICC World XI side, that too for such a good cause. I’m sure all the players from either side are looking forward to the match with great enthusiasm and people will get to see some high-quality cricket on Thursday.”
Meanwhile, Billings has been named as the replacement for Morgan. The 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman from Kent, who has played 13 ODIs and 17 T20Is for England, said he was thrilled at the prospect of playing in the 31 May match.
“This is an opportunity to play along with and against some of the leading players from the world over. I’m looking forward to the match with great interest and hope to put up a good performance in a match I’m sure will provide the crowds with lots of entertainment,” said the 26-year-old batsman.
England bowler Tymal Mills and Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran have also been added to the World XI squad.
All proceeds from the Lord’s match will be used to redevelop the stadia in the Caribbean, which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.
Other names in the World XI squad include Rashid Khan, Adil Rashid and India wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik.
They will come up against a West Indies side who are currently the t20 World Champions. In their disposal is power-hitter Chris Gayle and captain Carlos Brathwaite.
Further information about the match including the line-ups from both sides can be found below.
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