Three more Asian cricketers confirmed to participate in the Charity game at Lord’s against Windies
Afridi, Thisara Perera and Shoaib Malik have already confirmed their availability.
Updated - Apr 23, 2018 3:12 pm
The reigning T20 champions Windies are all set to play a charity game against ICC World XI on May 31 at Lord’s as they have already announced a full-strength squad for the game. The cricketing world is eagerly waiting for the ICC to announce their team as the likes of Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera recently agreed to play. However, now Rashid Khan, Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan have confirmed their participation for the game as the team is slowly being framed.
The six players are confirmed now and it is already looking a great outfit and it remains to be seen if any of the star Indian cricketers makes himself available. Meanwhile, all the three cricketers have expressed their gratitude and are feeling honoured for being selected in the team.
Matter of great honour and pride
Rashid Khan was thrilled with the prospect of playing at the Home of Cricket at a very early stage of his career and urged all the fans to join hands and support them in this social cause. “It is a matter of great honour and pride for me and my country that I have been chosen to support one of cricket’s oldest and most loyal members. Apart from my cricket obligations and responsibilities, the incentive of playing in this great match at the Home of Cricket at the age of 19, with and against some of the best cricketers of this generation,” he said.
“I urge all cricket fans and supporters to join hands with the match organisers and the players in making 31 May a hugely successful day so that the funds raised from this match can be reinvested into cricket that, in turn, will not only bring the smiles back on the faces of local cricket supporters but will also lead to the resumption of cricket activities in those regions,” Rashid went on to say according to the ICC media release.
Tamim reflects on Windies’ contribution to cricket
Even Tamim Iqbal expressed his happiness and reflected on the contribution of West Indies to cricket and felt its time that World helps them when they need the most. “The West Indies’ contribution to the global game is unmatched and unparalleled, and if the cricket fraternity can get together to play a small role in the rebuilding of their damaged venues following last year’s hurricanes, then this is a very small price with hugely positive results,” he said.