Shahid Afridi likely to miss World XI match against Windies

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Shahid Afridi likely to miss World XI match against Windies: Pakistan big hitter & former captain Shahid Afridi could be missing this month end’s charity match between the West Indies and an ICC World XI at Lords. That will be played at Lord’s on May 31.

Shahid Afridi likely to miss World XI match against Windies

Shahid Afridi likely to miss World XI match against Windies
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The star all-rounder believes he is unlikely to recover in time from a knee injury suffered in the Pakistan Super League T20 competition in March.

The 38-year-old took to Twitter saying he will be needing another three to four weeks to recover completely from his knee injury.

Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik and Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera were among the first set of players to confirm their participation for the ICC World XI in a T20I against the Windies last month.

The match is being staged to raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricket venues in the Caribbean that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement.

Earlier Bangladesh allrounder Shakib Al Hasan had pulled out of the contest citing personal reasons.

The ICC has added Nepal’s young spin sensation Sandeep Lamichhane to the World XI squad.

England’s Eoin Morgan will lead the squad that has some star-studded names from across the world.

World XI squad: Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Mitchell McClenaghan, Hardik Pandya, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Luke Ronchi, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Tamim Iqbal, Sandeep Lamichhane.

He wished Afridi a speedy recovery and hoped that with two just about two weeks to go, that he will still be able to recover in time.

If he fails to recover in time, Afridi will be the second player from the ICC World XI team to miss the charity match.

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