Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Shahid Afridi named World XI captain for charity match against West Indies

Shahid Afridi named World XI captain for charity match against West Indies

The injury was sustained while fielding at the backward point during Middlesex's game against Somerset at Taunton on Sunday 27 May as a ball caught him on the top of the ring finger on his right hand. Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran and England fast bowler Tymal Mills have also been added to the World XI squad.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) selectors on Wednesday named their one-day global squads to play Scotland and Australia next month, with injured skipper Eoin Morgan included in the playing group despite fracturing his finger playing for Middlesex at the weekend. Pakistan veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been named as the new skipper.

Meanwhile, Morgan suffered the injury during Middlesex's game against Somerset.

Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler will be rested against Scotland, with Sam Billings replacing him in the 13-man squad.

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The 26-year-oldwicketkeeper-batsman has played 13 one-dayers and 17 Twenty20 Internationals, and 142 T20s overall. He will be replaced as captain by former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, while Morgan's compatriot Sam Billings will take his place in the squad. The T20I takes place on May 31 and all the proceeds from the match will be used to redevelop stadiums in the Caribbean damaged due to hurricanes previous year.

It is understood that the finger should take between seven and 10 days to heal and if that happens, Morgan should be in the mix for the whole Australia series of five ODIs and one Twenty20 global. The match is being organized to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean that were badly damaged following Hurricanes Irma and Maria previous year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement. "It is not a huge concern, it is one we can hopefully manage past in about a week", Andy Flower, ECB's stand-in director, was quoted as saying by the ICC.

"It was my first time being selected in a charitable but also World XI game, it's very special to be selected", he said.

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