Afridi to lead ICC World XI

Shahid Afridi Shahid Afridi World XI Shahid Afridi World XI captain World XI vs West Indies sports news cricket Indian Express

Shahid Afridi Shahid Afridi World XI Shahid Afridi World XI captain World XI vs West Indies sports news cricket Indian Express

Further, the likes of Sam Curran and Tymal Mills have also got added to the World XI squad.

A fractured finger has forced Eoin Morgan out of the Hurricane Relief Twenty20 global against West Indies at Lord's tommorrow.

"I have a small fracture in the ring finger of my right hand", Morgan explained.

It is learnt that Morgan fractured his fingers during Middlesex's game against Somerset at Taunton.

It has also been confirmed that Sam Billings, who tasted Indian Premier League (IPL) glory with the Chennai Super Kings, will replace Morgan in the squad. The ICC team will be captained by Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan all-rounder.

"I think they will, with one eye on the World Cup, they will come with a strong performance", Morgan told reporters at an event in London on Wednesday to mark a year until the start of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

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With Morgan out of action, it remains to be seen whether he will be fit to captain England in a one-off ODI against England in Edinburgh on June 10. "It's not a huge concern, it's one that hopefully we can manage after a week when the swelling goes down", he said. In 2017, several stadiums were damaged due to the hurricanes in the region.

The batsman was set to captain the World XI in a game which is being held to raise funds for stadiums in Dominica and Anguilla damaged by hurricanes a year ago.

"It is not a bad crack but it is bad enough to keep him out of tomorrow's Middlesex game and the World XI game", Andy Flower, standing in as England's director of cricket as Andrew Strauss takes a family break, said.

Buttler, however returned to the 14-player group, replacing Sam Billings with speedster Tom Curran also being selected for the five-match series against Australia beginning at The Oval on June 13.

The hard-hitting batsman tweeted: "It's a great honour to be leading the ICC World XI side, that too for such a good cause".

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