Bangladesh senior players Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan along with Afghanistan’s Rashin Khan have confirmed their participation for the ICC World XI which will play a Twenty20 International against the Windies at Lord’s on 31 May.
Rashid, who is ranked number one on the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Player Rankings and is second in the list of One-Day International bowlers, will be one of many big names to watch in the Lord’s match, which is being organised to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.
Shakib, the top-ranked all-rounder in ODIs and third in T20Is, and left-handed opener Tamim also come in with huge reputations and Bangladesh fans would be following their fortunes with interest. The trio joins three other Asians who have already confirmed for the match – Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik and Thisara Perera of Sri Lanka.
Seven names have been confirmed so far in the World XI and England’s Eoin Morgan will lead the side. More big names are likely to be confirmed in the coming days.
The Windies, reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions, are being led by Carlos Brathwaite and the side includes other top names like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Andre Russell.
The venues that will benefit include the Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica, the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands and the Carib Lumber Ball Park in St. Maarten.
ICC World XI squad so far: Rashid Khan, Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Eoin Morgan (c), Thisara Perera, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik.