Pakistan’s talismanic all-rounder, Shahid Afridi, recently took to micro-blogging website Twitter, to register his intentions – to get up and running for the game against Windies at iconic Lord’s, representing ICC’s World XI.
For those unaware, Afridi, along with Shoaib Malik, are the two cricketers from Pakistan, inducted into the World XI squad to feature in a charity game on May 31.
The match is scheduled to take place at the hallowed turf of Lord’s, in order to raise funds for damages incurred to stadia during the hurricanes in the Carribean Island, last year.
Recently, on May 18 Afridi had withdrawn his name from the World XI squad after suffering a knee injury. In his previous tweet, Afridi maintained that he consulted a doctor in Dubai.
Also, the 38-year-old Afridi maintained he would require at least a couple of weeks to regain ‘full fitness’.
Apart from Afridi and Malik, the World XI squad boasts about a number of other prominent cricketing stars from Asia, including Hardik Pandya and Dinesh Karthik from India.
The likes of Tamim Iqbal, Sandeep Lamichhane, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan and others are included in the side. English limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan will lead the World XI.
“I will be playing @ICC World XI vs @westindies as I feel strongly to support this as a cricketer & Muslim. I am following the rehab plan my Doctor gave ?%,” Afridi posted on Twitter.
“My Allah recommends helping people in need with all the power I have. C u @HomeOfCricket on 31st and let’s keep #HopeNotOut,” concluded Afridi
Here’s the post from Shahid Afridi:
I will be playing @ICC World XI vs @westindies as I feel strongly to support this as a cricketer & Muslim. I am following the rehab plan my Doctor gave ?%. My Allah recommends to help people in need with all the power I have. C u @HomeOfCricket on 31st and let’s keep #HopeNotOut
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 18, 2018