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

01 June, 2018, 17:03 | Author: Candice Daniels
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Updated ICC World XI squad: Shahid Afridi (C), Dinesh Karthik, Mitchell McClenaghan, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Luke Ronchi, Shoaib Malik, Tamim Iqbal, Sandeep Lamichhane, Adil Rashid, Mohammed Shami, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tymal Mills. Eoin Morgan was named as the captain of the World XI side for the match against West Indies on May 31st at the Lord's.

England squad v Scotland: EJG Morgan (Captain), MM Ali, JM Bairstow, SW Billings (wkt), AD Hales, LE Plunkett, AU Rashid, JE Root, JJ Roy, BA Stokes, DJ Willey, CR Woakes, MA Wood.

Afridi said he was overwhelmed to have been appointed captain of the World XI.

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

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England have rested wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler for the match in Edinburgh, with Sam Billings drafted in as replacement in the 13-man squad. Though he was in and out of the side during the competition, his 23-ball 56 helped the side, who finished as champions, earn their first win in this year's tournament.

England internationals Sam Curran and Tymal Mills have also been added to the squad, increasing the roster to 14 members. Chronic back injuries have meant he only plays T20 cricket, but he has starred in various domestic competitions around the world, and in 2017 fetched the highest auction price for an overseas fast bowler in IPL history.

Skipper Morgan, who fractured the ring finger on his right hand while fielding for Middlesex against Somerset and will not play for the World XI in Thursday's charity Twenty20 game against the West Indies at Lord's, is confident of returning to take on Australia. After the blow caused a bruise, Morgan was sent for a precautionary x-ray, which revealed a crack.

Morgan was set to captain the World XI in a charity match against the West Indies at Lord's on Thursday which is being held to raise funds for stadiums in Dominica and Anguilla damaged by hurricanes that swept through the Caribbean a year ago.

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