Afridi to captain ICC World XI
Pakistan former captain Shahid Afridi. - A file photo

PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s former captain Shahid Afridi will lead the ICC World XI in an exhibition Twenty20 match against West Indies after England’s Eoin Morgan was ruled out of the game with an injury.

All the earnings from the fund-raiser at the Lord’s tomorrow (Thursday) will be used to redevelop stadia in the Caribbean, damaged due to hurricanes last year. The International Cricket Council (ICC) said Eoin Morgan will miss the match due to a finger injury and Shahid Afridi will lead the team in his absence.

Shahid Afridi says leading the World Eleven team will be an honour for him. “I’m sure all the players from either side are looking forward to the match with great enthusiasm and people will get to see some high-quality cricket on Thursday,” Afridi wrote on Twitter.

Afridi is participating in the match despite not fully recovering from the knee injury sustained during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) two months ago.

England’s Sam Billings will take Morgan’s place in the squad. Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran and England fast bowler Tymal Mills were also added to the World XI squad.

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya also pulled out of World Eleven due to viral infection and was replaced by his countryman Mohammad Shami. Players from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka and New Zealand are also included in the World Eleven squad.