Afridi to captain ICC World XI; Billings, Mills & Curran added

Shahid Afridi replaces Eoin Morgan as ICC World XI captain against WI

Shahid Afridi replaces Eoin Morgan as ICC World XI captain against WI

Eoin Morgan's finger injury means former Pakistan captain will lead the World XI side in their upcoming match against the West Indies - a T20 worldwide for the #CricketRelief initiative, the official ICC website said on Wednesday.

Morgan fractured the ring finger on his right hand while fielding against Somerset in a Royal London One-Day Cup match and will not play for the World XI in Thursday's charity Twenty20 game against West Indies at Lord's. He will be replaced as captain by former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, while Morgan's compatriot Sam Billings will take his place in the squad.

England bowler Tymal Mills and Surrey all-rounder Sam Curran have also been added to the World XI squad.

Andy Flower, Andrew Strauss' stand-in as director of England cricket, said: "It is not a bad crack but it is bad enough to keep him out of tomorrow's Middlesex game and the World XI game".

Afridi, who stormed onto the worldwide scene as a 16-year-old with a memorable record-breaking century in his debut game, brings a wealth of global experience to the squad having represented Pakistan in more than 500 matches.

The batsman was set to captain the World XI in a game which is being held to raise funds for stadiums in Dominica and Anguilla damaged by hurricanes a year ago.

All the proceeds from the fund-raiser at the Lord's will be used to redevelop stadia in the Caribbean, damaged due to hurricanes previous year.

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