The Asian trio of Shakib al Hasan, Rashid Khan and Tamim Iqbal have been added to the World XI squad which takes on the Windies for a fundraiser at Lord’s.
Earlier, Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik were also named in the squad to boast about the Pakistani contingency in the lineup. The match will be held on May 31.
The number one ranked bowler in T20Is expressed his joy after being named amongst the elite group of players taking part in the charity event.
“It is a matter of great honour and pride for me and my country that I have been chosen to support one of cricket’s oldest and most loyal members,” Rashid Khan told cricket.co.au.
The other prominent names in the World XI lineups are Thisara Perera and Eoin Morgan who is scheduled to lead the side. Afghan teenage prodigy, Rashid, claimed they must look after the country with a glorious cricketing culture.
“I don’t think it will be incorrect to say that a number of cricketers from this and previous generations were inspired and attracted to cricket due to the heroics of the West Indies sides of the 70s, 80s and 90s,” added the Sunrisers’ strike bowler.
Moreover, both Afghanistan and the Windies share a unique friendship in the cricketing field. Afghanistan beat the Windies recently in the World Cup qualifiers and World T20 of 2016.
“And if the West Indies are now looking upon us for help, then there shouldn’t be a hesitation for even a second,” concluded Rashid Khan.
I urge all cricket fans and supporters to join hands with the match organisers: Rashid
Further, this will be the first time Rashid Khan will have an opportunity to step into the hallowed turfs of Lord’s.
“Apart from my cricket obligations and responsibilities. The incentive of playing in this great match at the Home of Cricket at the age of 19. Along with and against some of the best cricketers of this generation, is just too tempting, irresistible and an icing on the cake,” continued the Afghan.
Also, Rashid also urged the fans of the sport to come and do their bit in the noble gesture made to provide relief for the damages in the Caribbean islands.
“I urge all cricket fans and supporters to join hands with the match organisers. The players in making 31 May a hugely successful day. So that the funds raised from this match can be reinvested into cricket that, in turn, will not only bring the smiles back on the faces of local cricket supporters. It will also lead to the resumption of cricket activities in those regions,” concluded Rashid Khan