Windies Cricket Team will play a charity Twenty20 match against the Rest of the World XI at iconic Lord’s stadium. The sale proceeds from the tickets will help the renovation of Caribbean cricket grounds damaged by recent hurricanes.
The World Champions will face the World XI on May 31. Moreover, Sky Sports will telecast the match live.
Hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged two cricket stadiums back in West Indies namely Dominica’s Windsor Park and James Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla.
International Cricket Council (ICC) has granted the match an international status. Giles Clarke, the President of England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has come forward to help and coordinate the match.
Dave Cameron thanks, MCC:
Dave Cameron, the president of Cricket West Indies has thanked Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the owners of Lord’s in a statement.
“Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated parts of the Eastern Caribbean. We have been considering how CWI can best show support for our region in the most impactful way,” statement read.“I would like personally to thank MCC for agreeing to host the match at Lord’s, and ECB, especially their president Giles Clarke, for their kind and generous support of this initiative. I am sure the match will be highly entertaining and competitive, as well as a great platform for us to raise much-needed funds,” it added.
MCC secretary Guy Lavender’s reply:
Meanwhile, Guy Lavender admitted that MCC is proud to play a part in providing relief for the areas suffered due to hurricanes.
“MCC has enjoyed a warm relationship with the people of the Caribbean for over a century. MCC is proud to be able to play a part in providing relief for the areas that were devastated by last year’s hurricanes. I am looking forward to seeing a capacity crowd to help raise funds to restore important cricket facilities,” Lavender said.
ECB chairman Colin Graves’s reply:
Further, Graves cited a good relationship between ECB and CWI in helping to raise the fund for Windies.
“To have two category five hurricanes in the space of two weeks was unprecedented and everyone around the world was shocked by the destruction which was caused, ” Graves said.
“The ECB and CWI have always enjoyed a fantastic relationship. We are keen to support them and the people of the Caribbean in this fundraising initiative,” Graves concluded.
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