Carlos Brathwaite will lead a power-packed Windies side against the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Rest of the World XI in a charity Twenty20 International match at the historic Lord’s.
The Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge, as named, will take place on May 31 – to raise funds for Caribbean cricket grounds which were damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria respectively in September 2017.
Meanwhile, ICC has given international status to this fixture. The sale proceeds will go for the renovation and restoration of five venues owing to the Caribbean Island.
The five grounds namely are Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica, A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in BVI, and Carib Lumber Ball Park in St Maarten.
Meanwhile, the match marks the return of Andre Russell, the hard-hitting Windies all-rounder. He last played for Windies in a T20I back in August 2016 against India.
Moreover, Russell is in prime form hammering the balls sweetly in the ongoing Indian Premier League. He is representing Kolkata Knight Riders. His inclusion will boost the squad which has already many big-hitters in their ranks.
Interestingly, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis will form a devastating opening pair while Marlon Samuels and Samuel Badree’s addition also boosted the squad.
Dinesh Ramdin, Keemo Paul, and Rayad Emrit retained their places from the Pakistan squad. Also, Ashley Nurse, the off-spinner has returned to the fold.
However, Jason Mohammad, who captained in the Pakistan series, will miss the game.
“We welcome the return of the players who missed the Pakistan series and are delighted to recall Andre Russell to the squad, as we believe he will have a key role in our white-ball cricket,” said Chairman of Selectors Courtney Browne.
“Denesh Ramdin and Keemo Paul keep their places after encouraging performances at both regional and international level,” he added.
Eoin Morgan, England’s limited-overs captain will lead the World XI side. However, the full squad is yet to be announced.
This is not the first time that the cricket community has joined hands to help those in need.
In January 2005, the ICC World XI and Asia XI played a One-day international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in Australia. The aim was to raise funds for the people affected by the Tsunami in 2004.
More recently, in 2015, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Matthew Hayden, Graeme Smith and Brendon McCullum were among a slew of international cricketers. They took part in a T20 encounter in England – to raise money for British Army soldiers injured in the line of duty.