Eoin Morgan forced to pull out of ICC World XI squad

The International Cricket Council’s (ICC) World XI will play the Twenty20 game against West Indies on 31st May at Lord’s. England’s Eoin Morgan has been forced to pull out of the ICC World XI squad, due to fractured finger.

Morgan sustained a crack to the ring finger on his right hand while fielding in Middlesex’s last Royal London Cup game. The destructive all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been appointed as the captain of ICC’s World XI for the Twenty20 game against West Indies. England’s another rising star Sam Billings will replace Eoin Morgan in the squad.

Shahid Afridi will light up the Lord's stage one last time
Photo: ICC

Sam Billings has played 13 ODI and 17 T20I games for his national team but he is yet to prove his batting ability. In the recently concluded Indian Premier League, he has played couple of good innings for CSK. Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran and England fast bowler Tymal Mills have also been added to the World XI squad.

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Photo: Sam Billings

Shahid Afridi has represented Pakistan in over 500 International games and also broke the fastest ODI century record in his debut innings at an age of just 16. Sam Curran, a left-arm bowler and middle-order batsman, is just 19 years old. Curran has 5 first-class fifers amd a best bowling figure of 10/101.

The World XI squad includes one player each from Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka and two players each from Pakistan and New Zealand. The star players like Shahid Afridi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane also features in the ICC World XI squad.

ICC World XI squad for T20I game against West Indies:

Shahid Afridi (C), Dinesh Karthik, Rashid Khan, Sam Billings, Sandeep Lamichhane, Shoiab Malik, Tamim Iqbal, Mitchell McClenaghan, Thisara Perera, Luke Ronchi, Mohammed Shami, Tymal Mills, Sam Curran and Adil Rashid.

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