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Cricket's credibility as a gentleman's game has taken a major hit in recent times. So much so that that ICC's cricket committee, in its recent meeting, decided to take immediate stock of the situation and advocated greater authority to match officials to improve player behaviour. In such an atmosphere of hostility, the Twenty20 International fixture between Windies and World XI on Thursday (May 31) at Lord's, to be played for a worthy cause, is a much-needed antidote which'll play a part towards the eradication of the bad blood that has taken the focus off the game itself, in addition to its original objective.
In August-September last year, Hurricanes Irma and then Maria wreaked havoc in the Caribbean region and the United States. The cataclysmic effects of the category 5 storms included heavy casualties and damage to properties. Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, Sir. Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, Windsor Park in Dominica, AO Shirley Recreation Ground in British Virgin Islands and Carib Lumber Ball Park in St. Martin were among the cricket stadia that bore the brunt of the storms. The cricketing world took notice and came together to provide its sliver of support.
This is not the first time that the cricketing fraternity has come together for a noble cause, with the previous one being the three T20Is played between World XI and Pakistan in a bid to bring top-flight cricket back to Pakistan. Andy Flower, who was the coach of that World XI team led by Faf du Plessis, reprises the same role for the Shahid Afridi-led side. "Sport has been used as a vehicle for good in many instances in the past and this is one of those occasions. The intent behind everyone's involvement is for good and you get some really amazing side benefits as well. For instance, here we've got Pakistanis and Indians sharing a dressing room which doesn't happen very often," noted Flower.
Although there were a few people pulling out at the last moment owing to different reasons, it is still a star-studded side with plenty of fire-power. Led by Afridi, the team is a blend of England, Asian and New Zealand presence, with several players coming off a rich vein of form in the just-concluded Indian Premier League, chief among them being Rashid Khan and Dinesh Karthik. There is no dearth of flair when it comes to the Windies, as well, with the likes of Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis and Carlos Brathwaite bringing with them the promise of fireworks in abundance.
When: Thursday, May 31, at 6:00 PM Local time (10:30 PM IST)
Where: Lord's Cricket Ground, London
What to expect: In what comes as a damper, thunderstorms are forecast for the match day, with a high of 23 degree Celsius.
Did you know?
- The ICC World XI has only a 25 per cent success rate in the matches the team has played so far across formats. The side's only victories came in the one-off ODI against Asia XI in 2005 and the second T20I against Pakistan in September 2017, while the team lost six games (one Test, three ODIs and two T20Is).
- Shahid Afridi needs three more wickets to become the only player to reach the 100-wicket milestone in T20Is.
- Rashid Khan (29 innings) needs three more wickets to reach the mark of 50. Should he get that in his next innings, he would become the second fastest to the milestone. Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis reached the milestone in 26 innings.
What they said:
"The hurricanes Irma and Maria hit the islands of Anguilla and Dominica eight months ago so perhaps this isn't in the public consciousness as powerfully as it was back then. But after that happened, initially the West Indies Cricket Board and Giles Clarke talked together, and then the ICC and the MCC came together to put this event on to raise money to restore the cricket grounds in those islands" - Andy Flower.
World XI (From): Luke Ronchi, Tamim Iqbal, Shahid Afridi(c), Shoaib Malik, Sam Billings, Dinesh Karthik(w), Thisara Perera, Adil Rashid, Rashid Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tymal Mills, Sandeep Lamichhane
Windies (From): Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin(w), Carlos Brathwaite(c), Samuel Badree, Ashley Nurse, Andre Russell, Rayad Emrit, Keemo Paul, Kesrick Williams
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