BREAKING NEWS | New captain announced for ICC world XI

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Shahid Afridi replaces injured Eoin Morgan as captain of World XI

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Eoin Morgan, who had been named the captain of the World XI, has pulled out due to a fractured finger and Shahid Afridi has replaced him as the captain of the side. All the proceeds from the game to be played on May 31st at Lord’s against Windies would be used to redevelop stadia in the Caribbean.

The International Cricket Council had decided to help West Indies with the redevelopment of stadia that were destroyed by a hurricane last year through a fundraiser match between the World XI and the Windies. Eoin Morgan was named as the captain of the World XI side for the match against West Indies on May 31st at the Lord’s. However, in the recent development, Morgan ruled himself out of the match due to a broken finger and ICC has named Shahid Afridi as the captain of the World XI. 

"Shahid Afridi will captain the ICC World XI in the absence of Eoin Morgan," the International Cricket Council tweeted.

Morgan suffered the injury while fielding at backward point during a Middlesex game against Somerset at Taunton on Sunday as a ball caught him on the top of the ring finger on his right hand. After the blow caused a bruise, Morgan was sent for a precautionary x-ray which revealed a crack. Morgan's fellow English teammate Sam Billings would take his place in the squad and Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran and England fast bowler Tymal Mills were also added to the World XI squad.

Former Pakistan skipper Afridi, who has represented his country in over 500 international matches, took to Twitter and expressed his gratitude for making him the captain and promised a high quality match on Thursday. 

Yesterday, seamer Mohammad Shami replaced all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who pulled out due to a viral infection. Shami joined Dinesh Karthik as the second India player in the side.

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