Team India cricketers Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik will be a part of the ICC World XI team, which is scheduled to play against the West Indies cricket team in a charity T20 cricket game at the Lord’s in England on May 31. The development about the World XI vs West Indies fixture was confirmed by the BCCI acting secretary, Amitabh Chaudhary, on Wednesday (April 25).
Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik to feature for World XI
As reported by India Today, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said on the sidelines of an ICC meeting, “Hardik and Dinesh will be part of the World XI team for the charity match.”
It was planned earlier that there will be a World XI vs West Indies held at the home of cricket, i.e. Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. The match will be a one-off T20 cricket exhibition fixture, which will be held to raise funds for Caribbean cricket grounds, which were damaged by hurricanes, Irma and Maria, in 2017.
Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Shahid Afridi, Thisara Perera also among the World XI players
Afghanistan young prodigy Rashid Khan, who is being touted as the leading ‘mystery spinner’ in the current cricketing affairs, and Bangladesh cricket captain Shakib Al Hasan, along with Tamim Iqbal, have also confirmed their participation for the World XI vs West Indies fixture.
Other Asian cricketers who have also confirmed for the match are Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, and Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka.
The World XI vs West Indies match will be played on May 31, 2018, and the ICC has confirmed its full support by granting it international status. The funds raised from the match will go towards restoring the stadiums – James Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla and Dominica’s Windsor Park Stadium – which were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) had said in a statement.
“Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated parts of the Eastern Caribbean and we have been considering how we can best show support for our region in the most impactful way,” Dave Cameron, the Cricket West Indies president, had said.
The venues that will benefit from the funds raised in the World XI vs West Indies fixture include the Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica, the AO Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands and the Carib Lumber BallPark in St. Maarten.