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West Indies vs ICC Rest of the World XI: Match Day Preview

West Indies vs ICC Rest of the World XI: Match Day Preview

The Hurricane Relief T20 challenge comes to Lord’s tomorrow as the West Indies take on an ICC Rest of the World XI, in a very special fundraising T20 international (6.00pm start).

Proceeds from the match will be used to rebuild cricket grounds in the Caribbean which were damaged due to hurricanes last year, and at pre-match press conferences this week, both sides emphasised the importance of the cause.

Tickets remain available for today's match, priced between £20 and £60, whilst all children’s tickets are priced at £10. Click here to buy online or buy on the North Gate on the evening from 16:00.

Andy Flower, who is coaching the Rest of the World team and has helped to put the talented group of players from around the globe together, said: “It looks a strong, exciting and entertaining squad that will hopefully put on a great show, along with the West Indies team. We want good quality cricket out there and that's why we've spent quite a lot of time putting together a high quality side.

“It's a great opportunity for some of these guys to play a full T20 international for the World XI. I've played in a couple of World XIs in the past and there's always a really nice feel to them. I think that is generated from the good intent from everyone.”

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The ICC Rest of the World XI’s preparations have been hit by a number of injuries to the line-up in recent weeks, not least with the news that captain Eoin Morgan had to withdraw with a finger injury. The Middlesex man is being replaced in the skipper’s role by Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi whilst English stars Sam Billings, Tymal Mills and Adil Rashid have been added to the squad this week.

West Indies coach and former Australian international Stuart Law is delighted the match is being at played at Lord’s, and is looking forward to giving some of his players the chance to experience playing at the Home of Cricket.

“Every time you walk through the gates, it's a special place to come.” said the former Essex, Lancashire and Derbyshire batsman. “We've got a couple of young guys who haven't been here before, so it'll be an honour for them to walk through those gates. I remember doing it as a young man and it does inspire you to play the best cricket that you can.”

The venues in the Caribbean that will benefit include the Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica, the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands and the Carib Lumber Ball Park in St. Maarten.

Flower added: “It's a really good cause, and it's a great cricketing cause. We're thankful to the MCC for hosting it, and donating Lord's for the event, Sky for effectively sponsoring the event, ICC for their full support and giving it full status, and very importantly the players, who are donating their time, expertise and their names to this cause for no fee.

“These events are wonderful to be a part of and we're all very much looking forward to it.”

Tickets remain available for today's match, priced between £20 and £60, whilst all children’s tickets are priced at £10. Click here to buy online or buy on the North Gate on the evening from 16:00.

West Indies Squad: Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite (Captain), Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Danesh Ramdin (wicket-keeper), Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams

ICC World XI Squad: Shahid Afridi (captain) (Pakistan), Sam Billings (England), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Dinesh Karthik (India), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand), Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), Tymal Mills (England), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Adil Rashid (England), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand)


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