Shahid Afridi to lead ICC World XI in his last int'l match

Shahid Afridi will lead the World XI against the Windies at Lords

Shahid Afridi will lead the World XI against the Windies at Lords

Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran and England fast bowler Tymal Mills were also added to the World XI squad.

Eoin Morgan, whose participation as captain of the ICC World XI side in the fund-raising Twenty20 global against the Windies at Lord's on Thursday, was scuttled after he fractured a finger, is confident about being fit in time to face the visiting Australians next month.

"It is not a bad crack but it is bad enough to keep him out of tomorrow's Middlesex game and the World XI game", said Andy Flower, who is standing in for Andrew Strauss as England's director of cricket.

Former Pakistan skipper Afridi represented his country in over 500 global matches and famously broke the record for the fastest ODI century in his maiden worldwide innings as a 16-year-old, blazing his way to a 37-ball hundred.

"I got hit in a game on Sunday at Somerset".

That put him out of the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge, and Shahid Afridi has since taken over as captain with Sam Billings replacing Morgan in the ICC World XI squad.

England have rested wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler for the match in Edinburgh, with Sam Billings drafted in as replacement in the 13-man squad.

"It is not a huge concern, it is one we can hopefully manage past in about a week".

"Shahid Afridi will captain the ICC World XI in the absence of Eoin Morgan", the International Cricket Council tweeted. "I'm looking forward to the match with great interest and hope to put up a good performance in a match I'm sure will provide the crowds with lots of entertainment", said the 26-year-old batsman.

England then host Australia in a five-match series starting on 13 June.

The ICC will use the proceeds collected from the match - to be played on May 31 at Lord's Cricket Stadium - to rebuild damaged stadiums in the Caribbean as a result of last year's hurricanes.

Shahid Afridi will lead the World XI.

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