The former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has withdrawn his name from the ICC World XI squad that will take on Windies on May 31. Afridi has taken the decision as he has suffered a knee injury.
The injury is expected to recuperate in three to four weeks time. However, this match was expected to be a comeback match for Afridi.
Meanwhile, the charity match is going to be played at the home of cricket, the Lord’s.
Afridi became the second player to pull out his name out of the squad after Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is concurrently representing Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
However, the southpaw all-rounder pulled back his name citing personal problems. Shakib exclusion had made way for Nepal’s spinner Sandeep Lamichhane.
Meanwhile, the World XI side will be led by England’s limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan. The World XI side will comprise Indian players like Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik.
Furthermore, the World XI side will consist of players like Shoaib Malik, Rashid Khan, Thisara Perera and Tamim Iqbal.
The Charity match between Windies and World XI is played to raise funds for the reconstruction of the venues in the Caribbean island. The stadia were affected due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.
Meanwhile, Afridi took to Twitter to share an update on his injury.
Concluding Afridi post read as, “Went to see my doctor in Dubai, the knee hasn’t recovered fully yet. I’ll need another 3-4 week. Hoping to regain full fitness after that, keep praying for me.”
Shahid Afridi tweeted:
Went to see my doctor in Dubai, the knee hasnt recovered fully yet. I'll need another 3-4 weeks. Hoping to regain full fitness after that, keep praying for me. pic.twitter.com/U0gOX9PXtA
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 17, 2018