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International XI have gained the toss and opted to bowl first towards West Indies
International XI: Luke Ronchi(w), Tamim Iqbal, Sam Billings, Dinesh Karthik, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi(c), Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Tymal Turbines
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin(w), Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite(c), Keemo Paul, Ashley Nurse, Samuel Badree, Kesrick Williams
A galaxy of former and present stars might be in motion on the iconic Lord’s on Thursday to play an exhibition fit between the ICC International XI and the West Indies and lend a hand elevate finances for the refurbishment of 5 cricket stadia within the Caribbean that had been broken by means of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi has in the end been named to guide the International XI after England’s restricted overs captain Eoin Morgan sustained a damaged finger all over a home fit. “It is a nice honour to be main the ICC International XI facet, that too for any such excellent purpose. I am certain the entire avid gamers from all sides are taking a look ahead to the fit with nice enthusiasm and folks gets to look some top quality cricket on Thursday,” Afridi mentioned on Twitter. The International XI facet, actually, has had quite a lot of adjustments since being officially introduced. Morgan was once the primary title introduced, adopted by means of the ones of Afridi, his compatriot Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera, the Sri Lanka T20I captain. Subsequent got here Rashid Khan, the Afghan leg-spin celebrity, and Bangladesh stalwarts Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, adopted by means of Indians Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya and New Zealanders Luke Ronchi and Mitchell McClenaghan. That finished the XI, however Shakib opted out on account of non-public causes and was once changed by means of the thrilling teenaged Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane.
Pandya has additionally opted out since then, to get replaced by means of countrymate Mohammed Shami, who has additionally been swapped with Tymal Turbines, whilst Sam Billings has stuffed in for Morgan. English cricketers Adil Rashid and Sam Curran have additionally been overdue additions to the 13-man squad. The squad nonetheless wears an especially sturdy glance. Iqbal, Billings, Karthik, Ronchi and Malik, with Afridi and Perera offering superb choices for a overdue burst, makes for a mouth-watering batting line-up. Karthik, Ronchi and Billings are all wicket-keeping applicants, whilst in McClenaghan, Curran and Turbines, there is a excellent tempo division. However essentially the most thrilling is possibly the spin assault, or the leg-spin assault, with the 2 Rashids and Lamichhane all to be had for variety, to not disregard Afridi himself. With Samuel Badree at the different facet, this one may just smartly be the best exhibition of T20 leg-spin bowling ever. Whichever aggregate Afridi and Andy Flower, the International XI trainer, make a decision to position out at the box will have to supply superb festival to the protecting ICC International T20 champions. Carlos Brathwaite, who hit Ben Stokes for 4 successive sixes to win the Windies the closing ICC International T20 at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens in April 2016, is the captain of the Windies facet, and the squad has some implausible T20 skill of their midst. T20 stars Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Evin Lewis and Badree are the massive names in Brathwaite’s line-up, whilst in Marlon Samuels, Andre Fletcher, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Kesrick Williams and others, there is numerous firepower. Six of the ones avid gamers had been part of the XI that gained the International T20 2016 ultimate.