India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya and the experienced wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik will share the dressing room with Pakistan’s star cricketers Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik as they will be a part of the star-studded ICC World XI that will take on the West Indies on May 31st at Lord’s.
The exciting contest is to be played for a noble cause of raising funds to repair damaged stadia in the Caribbean which were damaged by hurricanes last year.
The ICC World XI squad will be captained by England’s limited-overs skipper, Eoin Morgan with Thisara Parera, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Rashid Khan as the confirmed players in the ranks.
Giles Clarke, who is supporting the event, hailed the inclusion of two Indian cricketers in the team and hoped that the contest will be a historic one.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for fans of the Indian team to come out and watch these two flamboyant players, who bring both class and star value to what I’m sure will be a memorable match at Lord’s,” he said.
He also mentioned Pandya’s aggressive inning against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final in the losing cause.
“People would remember Pandya’s valiant 43-ball 76 against Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy last year while Karthik too has played Test cricket at Lord’s. He has been in terrific form and recently blasted 29 off eight deliveries and sealed victory over Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy with a last-ball six,” he added.
On the other hand, West Indies squad will be headed by Carlos Brathwaite who will have the services of his star players including Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Andre Russell, Samuel Badree and others.
The stadiums that will benefit from the contest include the Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica, the AO Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands and the Carib Lumber Ball Park in St Maarten.