Shahid Afridi replaces injured Eoin Morgan as captain of World XI

02 June, 2018, 04:45 | Author: Elena Meyer
  • Shahid Afridi replaces Eoin Morgan as ICC World XI captain against WI

Limited-overs specialist Alex Hales and Adil Rashid have been selected in the two squads alongside all-rounder Moeen Ali, who was dropped from England's test side during the tour to New Zealand in March.

Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi will lead the ICC World XI in an exhibition Twenty20 worldwide against West Indies after Eoin Morgan was ruled out of the May 31 game with a fractured finger.

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

Morgan sustained the right ring-finger injury while fielding for Middlesex against Somerset last Sunday, but is confident of being fit for the Scotland game, which will be followed by a five-match ODI series against Australia from June 13 at The Oval.

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

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"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.

"It is not a huge concern, it is one we can hopefully manage past in about a week". The T20I takes place on May 31 and all the proceeds from the match will be used to redevelop stadiums in the Caribbean damaged due to hurricanes past year.

The left-handed batsman was set to captain the World XI in a game granted global status by the worldwide Cricket Council, which is being held to raise funds for stadiums in Dominica and Anguilla damaged by hurricanes previous year.

England, now number one in the ODI world rankings, defeated Australia 4-1 in a five-match series held in Australia in January. Morgan's fellow English teammate Sam Billings would take his place in the squad and Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran and England fast bowler Tymal Mills were also added to the World XI squad.

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