Lords to host a historic match for the first time since 1996

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Rest of world Xl to play against West Indies at lords to raise funds for damaged grounds

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The MCC, ECB and the CWI have together agreed to organize a match between West Indies and the Rest of the World Xl at The Lord's cricket ground on March 31. The T20 game is said to be a fundraiser for the James Ronald Webster Park and Windsor Park Stadium which has been damaged by hurricanes.

The eastern coast of the Caribbean Island was hit by two category five stage hurricanes named hurricane Imra and hurricane Maria that damaged the James Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla and Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica on September 6 and September 16 respectively. Due to the shortage of funds in the CWI, the ICC has granted to give the match between Rest of the World XI and West Indies an International status and that will raise funds for the restoration of those grounds. England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) president Giles Clarke, who is also happened to be a board member of ICC, will be coordinating this game.

“The match will be broadcast live and the proceeds from the game will be used as for the restoration of the grounds,” Clarke told Cricbuzz.

This would be a second outing of the two teams at Lord’s. The previous meeting was played on 12 September 1966 in which West Indies defeated the Rest of the World XI by 66 runs.

Speaking about the second match, Guy Lavender, chief executive & secretary of MCC, said, "MCC is delighted to be able to host this very special match. The last time that a match between West Indies and Rest of the World was held at Lord's was in 1966.”

"MCC has enjoyed a warm relationship with the people of the Caribbean for over a century and is proud to be able to play a part in providing relief for the areas that were devastated by last year's hurricanes. I am looking forward to seeing a capacity crowd help raise funds to restore important cricket facilities.

"To have two category five hurricanes in the space of two weeks was unprecedented and everyone around the world was shocked by the destruction which was caused,” and concluded saying "The ECB and CWI have always enjoyed a fantastic relationship and we are keen to support them and the people of the Caribbean in this fundraising initiative."

Dave Cameron, the president of Cricket West Indies, said in a statement issued in conjunction with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Tuesday that "Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated parts of the Eastern Caribbean and we have been considering how CWI can best show support for our region in the most impactful way.”

"I would like personally to thank MCC for agreeing to host the match at Lord's, and ECB, especially their president Giles Clarke, for their kind and generous support of this initiative. I am sure the match will be highly entertaining and competitive, as well as a great platform for us to raise much-needed funds."

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