ICC World T20 winners – Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera – have confirmed their participation for the ICC World XI in a T20I towards the West Indies to be performed at Lord’s on Might 31. The match is being organised to boost funds for stadia within the Caribbean that had been badly broken following Hurricanes Irma and Maria final 12 months. Extra names for the ICC World XI will probably be introduced earlier than the fixture.
Afridi and Malik had been a part of the Pakistan squad that gained the ICC World T20 2009 at Lord’s, whereas Perera was a member of the Sri Lanka aspect that lifted the trophy in Dhaka in 2014. The star-studded line-up will probably be led by England’s white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan.
“I’m humbled to have been chosen for such a noble trigger,” mentioned former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi. “Cricket is one massive household and regardless of how laborious and difficult we play towards one another, there’s great comradery throughout the group.
“As such, it’s our ethical obligation to face up and help at any time when and wherever we will, to help our members, colleagues and cricket followers.
“Lord’s is an iconic venue and the right location for this match. I’ve some fond recollections of this nice venue, having performed the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 1999 and the ICC World T20 2009, and I sit up for visiting it once more in Might with an goal to entertain the followers.”
2009 ICC World T20 and 2017 Champions Trophy winner Shoaib Malik mentioned: “It’s a matter of nice honour and delight to be chosen in an ICC World XI and a beautiful alternative to play together with and towards among the greatest names in world cricket.
“As a lot as the prospect of figuring in such a choose group, I additionally see this as a possibility to contribute in a significant trigger. We’ve got all heard of the harm attributable to the 2 hurricanes within the West Indies final 12 months, and it’s actually good to see so many cricketers come collectively for the target of elevating funds to restore the harm to cricket venues.
“That the match is being performed at Lord’s makes this occasion further particular for me. Lord’s clearly is among the most revered cricket venues, however I even have some very pleasant recollections there. One that actually stands out is anchoring the chase together with Shahid Afridi after we beat Sri Lanka within the closing to win the ICC World Twenty20 in 2009.”
Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera mentioned: “I’m privileged to have made the World XI aspect for a second time after having additionally performed within the sequence towards Pakistan in Lahore final 12 months. I’m wanting ahead to the match at Lord’s subsequent month with nice enthusiasm as that is a type of uncommon alternatives while you get to rub shoulders with the perfect on the earth. To be taking part in alongside so many prime gamers from totally different nations will certainly be a excessive level of my profession.”
Carlos Brathwaite-led Windies will boast massive names like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Andre Russell and will probably be seeking to give off their greatest and present the may that helped them win the ICC World Twenty20 title two years in the past.