Shahid Afridi and two others confirm their participation in the upcoming international game
"I am humbled to have been selected for such a noble cause," Afridi said.
Updated - Apr 19, 2018 2:53 pm
The World T20 Champions Windies are all set to face the World XI on May 31 at the iconic Lord’s in a charity T20 International. The match is being organised to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean that were badly damaged following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year. While the Cricket West Indies (CWI) has already announced their squad, the fans are waiting eagerly for the World XI squad to be announced. However, Shahid Afridi has confirmed his participation in the game which will increase the excitement of his fans.
Along with Shahid Afridi, the likes of Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera have cleared that they will play in the charity game against the Windies. According to the latest press release from ICC, the trio has confirmed their participation and their presence in the squad will lend weight to World XI squad.
Trio delighted to be part of noble cause
Shahid Afridi was delighted after being selected for such a noble cause and felt that Lord’s is the perfect venue for the match to take place. “I am humbled to have been selected for such a noble cause. Cricket is one big family and no matter how hard and tough we play against each other, there is tremendous comradery within the group. Lord’s is an iconic venue and the perfect location for this match,” he was quoted as saying by the official website of ICC.
Shoaib Malik was honoured after being selected for the game and recalled some of the memories of winning the World T20 in 2009 along with Afridi. “It’s a matter of great honour and pride to be selected in an ICC World XI and a wonderful opportunity to play along with and against some of the biggest names in world cricket. That the match is being played at Lord’s makes this event extra special for me. Lord’s obviously is one of the most revered cricket venues but I also have some very delightful memories there,” he said.
While Thisara Perera was thrilled with the prospect of playing for World XI twice in two years and hailed the organisers for staging the game in order to help the people. “I’m privileged to have made the World XI side for a second time after having also played in the series against Pakistan in Lahore last year. I’m also very happy because I have been given the opportunity to contribute in what I think is a very good cause. It is heartening to note that players have come together for helping rebuild stadia in the West Indies,” Perera added.