Published: Sat, June 02, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Afridi to lead ICC World XI

Afridi to lead ICC World XI

Pakistan veteran all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been named as the new skipper. Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran and England fast bowler Tymal Mills were also added to the World XI squad.

England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan expects a "young and hungry" Australia will be "galvanised" by the ball-tampering scandal that rocked world cricket when the old rivals meet in a one-day worldwide series next month.

Morgan was forced to withdraw from Thursday's Hurricane Relief Twenty20 Challenge with the injury, but it will not hamper his England commitments.

Sam Billings will deputise for wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for the Scotland clash, with seamer Tom Curran bolstering the ranks for the Australia series.

Shahid Afridi - who will be playing his last worldwide match - held the record for the fastest One Day global (ODI) century for a period of 18 years; a 37-ball ton that shot him to fame at the inception of his career.

Pakistani star Shahid Afridi will be the skipper in the ICC World XI vs West Indies T20 match at Lords.

The exhibition match is scheduled on May 31 at Lord's, to raise funds for the damages incurred due to the Carribean islands.

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Morgan fractured the ring finger on his right hand while fielding for Middlesex against Somerset in a One-Day Cup game on Sunday, an ICC report on Wednesday said.

Following that match, England will play a limited overs series against Australia, which will consist of five ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 worldwide.

He said: "It's not a huge concern, it's one that hopefully we can manage past about a week when the swelling goes down".

The batsman was set to captain the World XI in a game which is being held to raise funds for stadiums in Dominica and Anguilla damaged by hurricanes past year.

World XI coach and stand-in as director of England cricket Andy Flower was not too anxious about Morgan's injury and hoped that he will recover in about a weeks' time.

Initially, Morgan was scheduled to lead the World XI side.

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