Pakistan superstar cricketers, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, are scheduled to feature in the World XI side against the Windies at the hallowed turfs of Lord’s.
The charity match is dedicated to raising funds for the relief of Caribbean islands damaged by hurricanes last year.
Apart from Afridi, Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera is the other Asian to feature in the World XI squad.
Perera, interestingly, was also part of the World XI squad which toured Pakistan last year for the Independence Cup.
The captain of the World XI side would be England’s limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan, who will feature against the likes of Chris Gayle and Andre Russell on May 31.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria which descended on the Carribean Islands severely damaged the Carribean communities back in 2017; the match aims to raise funds for the reinstation of cricket in the five Major grounds of the matches.
Further, Sir Viv Richards Stadium at Antigua is one of the damaged venues due to the Hurricanes, which was converted into a temporary camp for Barbuda refugees.
Humbled to have been selected for such a noble cause: Afridi
However, former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi expressed his pleasure and privilege after being asked to take part in the event.
“I am humbled to have been selected for such a noble cause. Cricket is one big family. No matter how hard and tough we play against each other, there is tremendous comradery within the group,” Shahid Afridi told Cricket Network.
Simultaneously, Afridi is also part of his own charity foundation by the name of Shahid Afridi foundation.
“As such, it is our moral and professional obligation to stand up. And also support whenever and wherever we can. To assist our members, colleagues and cricket fans,” Afridi continued.
Additionally, playing at the iconic Lord’s Stadium should bring back nostalgic memories of the finals of World T20 where he single-handedly took Pakistan to victory in the finals.
Also, the match will immediately take place after the Indian Premier League which employs many integral part of West Indies T20I squad.