Dhaka- Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and top order batsman Tamim Iqbal have been included in the ICC World XI to play West Indies team in a one-off T20I match at Lord’s on May 31.The match is being organised to raise fund for the reconstruction of stadiums that were damaged in the Caribbean Islands last year by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Participation of the Bangladesh pair of Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan was confirmed by the ICC on Monday. They will be joined in the ICC World XI by top-ranked T20 leg-spinner Rashid Khan of Afganistan, Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, and Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera.
England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan will lead the squad.More names are expected to be included in the ICC World XI squad very soon.
Tamim, who made his only international appearance at Lord’s in 2010 to make a fifty and century in a Test against England, said: “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 West Indies’ contribution to the global game is unmatched and unparalleled, and if the cricket fraternity can get together to play a small role in the rebuilding of their damaged venues following last year’s hurricanes, then this is a very small price with hugely positive results.”
The West Indies squad is led by Carlos Brathwaite, and includes players such as Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Samuel Badree. The match will also mark the international return of Andre Russell following a year-long ban for a doping-code violation.
The West Indies team: Samuel Badree, Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels and Kesrick Williams.UNB