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Dinesh Karthik & Hardik Pandya To Play for World XI v West Indies charity T20

Team India’s all-rounder Hardik Pandya and wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik will play a charity T-20 match as a part of World XI against West Indies. The match will be held on the grounds of Lord’s, just after the IPL i.e. 31 May 2018.  The World XI team will play this match against the West Indies. It was informed on Wednesday that BCCI’s acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary gave This has also been confirmed by the ICC today.

The match is being organised to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean that were badly damaged following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year.

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

Giles Clarke former English player welcomed the addition of India’s batsman and said, “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.”

“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.”

The West Indies team will be led by Carlos Brathwaite and the side includes other top names like Chris Gayle, Marlon Samuels, Samuel Badree and Andre Russell.

The proceeds from this match will be donated towards rebuilding and renovating five major venues as well as other community cricket facilities that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

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