Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, three fantastic cricketers from Afghanistan and Bangladesh have confirmed that they will be participating in the ICC World XI versus West Indies. The ICC World XI will be up against the Windies in T20 International at Lord’s on 31 May.
The trio joins three other famous Asian cricketers Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera who have already announced their inclusion for the match.
Rashid was quoted on the ICC official statement about the development as,
“It is a matter of great honour and pride for me and my country that I have been chosen to support one of cricket’s oldest and most loyal members. I don’t think it will be incorrect to say that a number of cricketers from this and previous generations were inspired and attracted to cricket due to the heroics of the West Indies sides of the 70s, 80s and 90s. And if the West Indies are now looking upon us for help, then there shouldn’t be a hesitation for even a second."
Its a game happening for a very noble cause, where all financial gains gathered will be directed towards correcting the infrastructural damage to the cricket grounds in the Caribbean caused by the Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Tamim Iqbal as well said about the chance to bat for the noble cause. He said, “Cricket is a sport which unites people, bridges gaps, and in which players and teams support each other. This match is a testament to this statement and I am delighted to have been chosen to once again represent the ICC World XI for a cause which will only make cricket a bigger and better sport."
The World XI will be led by the England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan and West Indies will have Carlos Braithwaite as their skipper for the match.
(Inputs from ICC)