Stars sign up for World XI

05 May 2018 03:35:59 EST
Tamim Igbal has agreed to star for the World XI.

In-form India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik have signed to play for an ICC World XI in the high-profile Twenty20 international against West Indies later this month.

Pandya, a member of reigning Indian Premier League champions Mumbai Indians, and his compatriot will feature at Lord's under England captain Eoin Morgan on 31st May.

The match has been organised to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean damaged by hurricanes last year.

Giles Clarke, who is supporting the event, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for fans of the Indian team to come out and watch these two flamboyant players, who bring both class and star value to what I'm sure will be a memorable match at Lord's.

"People would remember Pandya's valiant 43-ball 76 against Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy last year while Karthik too has played Test cricket at Lord's.

"He has been in terrific form and recently blasted 29 off eight deliveries and sealed victory over Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy with a last-ball six."

The Windies, reigning World Twenty20 champions, are being led by Carlos Brathwaite with major stars Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Andre Russell all back in the ranks.

Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik (both Pakistan), Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal (both Bangladesh), and the leading Twenty20 bowler in the world Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), are representing the World XI.

West Indies are 9/1 to win the Twenty20 World Cup in 2020 while India can be backed at 7/2.

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