London: West Indies will face a Rest of the World XI in a lone Twenty20 match at Lord’s to elevate funds for Caribbean cricket grounds broken by latest hurricanes.The reigning World Twenty20 champions will face the World XI on May 31 in a match that might be broadcast dwell on Sky Sports.
Both James Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla and Dominica’s Windsor Park Stadium had been broken on account of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Now the International Cricket Council has granted the match worldwide standing, with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) president Giles Clarke, an ICC board member, serving to co-ordinate the match.
Dave Cameron, the president of Cricket West Indies, mentioned in a press release issued in conjunction with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the homeowners of Lord’s, mentioned on Tuesday: “Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated components of the Eastern Caribbean and we now have been contemplating how CWI can greatest present help for our area in essentially the most impactful means.
“I would love personally to thank MCC for agreeing to host the match at Lord’s, and ECB, particularly their president Giles Clarke, for his or her sort and beneficiant help of this initiative. I’m positive the match might be extremely entertaining and aggressive, in addition to an incredible platform for us to elevate much-needed funds.”
MCC secretary Guy Lavender added: “MCC has enjoyed a warm relationship with the people of the Caribbean for over a century, and 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.”
ECB chairman Colin Graves mentioned: “To have two class 5 hurricanes in the area of two weeks was unprecedented and everybody all over the world was shocked by the destruction which was brought about.
“The ECB and CWI have at all times loved a unbelievable relationship and we’re eager to help them and the individuals of the Caribbean in this fundraising initiative.”
First Published: February 14, 2018, 11:30 AM IST