ICC World XI cricketers gave a guard of honour to their skipper and Pakistani legend, Shahid Afridi who played his farewell game against the Windies Cricket team in a charity match at Lords.
Meanwhile, both the teams squared off against each other to raise funds for the damaged stadiums due to Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria in September last year.
The two stadiums damaged due to the hurricanes are Ronald Webster Park and Dominica’s Windsor Park.
However, the Carlos Brathwaite-led side outplayed the World XI in the Hurricane Relief Twenty20 Challenge in London. Windies powered their way to 199 for four banking on Evin Lewis’ powerful hitting. The southpaw struck 58 off 26 balls including five fours and sixes each.
Andre Russell (43) and Denesh Ramdin (44*) also contributed significantly to make it a daunting task for the World XI.
In reply, however, the Afridi-led side never looked in line for the chase, as they lost five wickets for 45 runs. Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera tried his best to rescue his team, but it was an uphill job to do.
As a result, the ICC World XI managed to score only 127 runs against the reigning World T20 champions.
Cricketers bids farewell to Afridi
However, the World XI gave a guard of honour to their skipper who played his last cricket match. Although it finished on a losing note, Afridi over the years has been a great entertainer.
In a career ranging over 20 years, Afridi had achieved a lot of accolades. He had represented Pakistan in all the formats. However, he made the limited-overs format his own.
In the 398 ODI matches, the all-rounder notched up 8064 runs and backed it up with 395 wickets. He was a champion leg-spinner providing breakthroughs in crunch situations.
“Guard of honour for Shahid Afridi as he says farewell to international cricket
#CricketRelief,” the tweet read.
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) May 31, 2018