The iconic Lord’s Stadium will host a T20 cricket match between the West Indies and ICC World XI cricket team on 31st May, for the purpose of fundraising to provide relief to the Hurricane Irma and Maria affected parts of the Caribbean, specially the Windsor Park, a cricket stadium located in the capital of the Island Republic of Columbia.
The T20 cricket fixture which would involve the current World T20 champions, i.e. the West Indies cricket team, and the ICC World XI, has been approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and is aimed at raising money for parts of the Caribbean affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The revenues generated from the cricket match at Lord’s in England, will go towards the restoration of the James Ronald Webster Park ground in Anguilla and Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica.
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Both grounds were damaged last year in Hurricane Maria, which was classified as a Category 5 major Hurricane.
As reported by BBC, the chairman of the English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Colin Graves, said,
“We have always enjoyed a fantastic relationship [with Cricket West Indies] and we are keen to support them and the people of the Caribbean in this fundraising initiative.”
Dominica sustained heavy damage
Hurricane Maria was the most deadly hurricane to ever hit the island republic of Dominica, as the water levels around the island started to rise with winds as blinding as 260 km/h hitting the establishments of the island, affecting the local life heavily.
Even the official residence of Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, was damaged and was needed rescue when his home began to flood. Tottering all cellular, radio and internet services, Hurricane Maria disabled Dominica’s connections from the outside world, while dealing massive damage to the polity’s economy and social life.
World XI v West Indies T20 at Lord’s – A Noble cause
The T20 cricket fixture will be held between ICC World XI and the current World T20 Champions – West Indies, to try and raise funds for the relief work of Dominica, and especially the Cricket stadiums in the island that have been affected.