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ICC World XI and Windies to entertain us at the home of cricket

Cricket West Indies is keen on getting Indian players to feature in the World Xi side this time.

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Windies. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

The World XI team will play West Indies in a T20 game at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium to raise funds to contribute towards the relief efforts after Hurricanes Irma and Maria that hit the Caribbean islands last year. International Cricket Council (ICC) has named Andy Flower as the selector for the World XI side. The captain of the team has already been named and it is England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan who will take charge.

Earlier in 2017, it was Flower who had selected the World XI side for the three-match T20I series in Pakistan. It marked the return of international cricket to the country and has largely helped Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) get other boards to agree for a tour to the country.

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Expecting Indian participation

Cricket West Indies is keen on getting Indian players to feature in the World Xi side this time. When the team was picked for the tour of Pakistan no Indian was included as the two counties have not been playing any bilateral cricket.

“We certainly hope the (ICC’s World XI) team will have an Indian player in it,” Johnny Grave, the CEO of CWI was quoted as saying by Pakobserver.

CWI wants to make its contribution to the region and help them revive from the disaster. When the series was first announced CWI President, Dave Cameron, had said: “Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated parts of the Eastern Caribbean and we have been considering how CWI can best show support for our region in the most impactful way.

“I would like personally to thank MCC for agreeing to host the match at Lord’s, and ECB, especially their President Giles Clarke, for their kind and generous support of this initiative. I am sure the match will be highly entertaining and competitive, as well as a great platform for us to raise much-needed funds,” Cameron stated.

The Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC, Guy Lavender as per lords.org had said: “MCC is delighted to be able to host this very special match. The last time that a match between West Indies and Rest of the World was held at Lord’s was in 1966.

“MCC has enjoyed a warm relationship with the people of the Caribbean for over a century, and is proud to be able to play a part in providing relief for the areas that were devastated by last year’s hurricanes. I am looking forward to seeing a capacity crowd to help raise funds to restore important cricket facilities,” Lavender mentioned.

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