Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya Join World XI Side For T20I Fundraiser Against West Indies

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| May 4 , 2018 , 12:31 IST

Indian cricket team players Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya will join ICC World XI for the Twenty20 International against the West Indies at Lords on May 31, being organised to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean damaged by hurricanes last year.

The squad is led by England's limited overs captain Eoin Morgan with Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka) and Rashid Khan (Afghanistan). The remaining players will be announced in the coming days.

England And Wales Cricket Board chief Giles Clark welcomed the two Indian players.

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"This is a fantastic opportunity for fans of the Indian team to come out and watch these two flamboyant players, who bring both class and star value to what I'm sure will be a memorable match at Lord's," Clarke said.

"People would remember Pandya's valiant 43-ball 76 against Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy last year while Karthik too has played Test cricket at Lord's. He has been in terrific form and recently blasted 29 off eight deliveries and sealed victory over Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy with a last-ball six,” he added.

Star big-hitting opener Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Andre Russell are among the other leading cricketers in the squad.