Eion Morgan pulled out of the special fundraising match between World XI and champion West Indies on 31st May. The captain of World XI injured his ring finger on right hand in a Royal London Cup match. The player will be replaced by Sam Billings, while the leading position is passed on to Shahid Afridi. Morgan said the injury initially appeared only to be a bruise, but an X-ray confirmed that it’s a slight fracture. Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladesh all-rounder is dropped from the World XI due to injury.
Other two players at the World XI T20 match will be Sam Curran and Tymal Mills. Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami replaced Hardik Pandya in the World Squad. Pandya is suffering from viral fever. Dinesh Karthik is also included in the team along with Tamim Iqbal, Luke Ronchi, Rashid Khan and Sandeep Lamichhane, the bowler from Nepal.
Earlier, Morgan was injured while practicing in the nets in the early weeks of the season. He recovered by the championship match in May, after which, he struck two half-centuries in Royal London Cup. The player is expected to be fit off the recent injury for the upcoming ODI match against Scotland on June 10. For Shahid Afridi, the T20 match will be a return to the international circuit. The veteran cricketer played last in 2016 in the match between World XI T20 and Pakistan.
The charity match is a joint enterprise of ICC, Cricket West Indies and England & Wales Cricket Board. The match will be broadcasted live on Sky Sports. The match was granted international status by ICC. Funds raised from the match will be used in restoration of stadiums destroyed in the recent hurricanes, Irma and Maria, hitting West Indies.
The Windsor Park Stadium and James Ronald Webster Park are among the top cricket grounds for the global fraternity. Viv Richard Stadium in Antigua, A.O Shirley Recreation Ground and Carib Lumber Ball Park will be also restored.
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