Pandya, Karthik added to World XI squad

Hardik Pandya Dinesh Karthik ICC Rest of the World XI Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge charity match West Indies Lord's cricket

Hardik Pandya will feature in the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge charity match

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India all-rounder Hardik Pandya and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik will be part of the ICC Rest of the World XI squad for the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge charity match against the West Indies at Lord’s on May 31.

Pandya has become a mainstay in India’s squad due to his impact with both the bat and ball, while Karthik recently led India to victory in the final of the Nidahas Trophy as he struck an eight-ball 29 against Bangladesh, which included a game-winning six off the last ball of the match.

Both Pandya and Karthik are currently playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where they are representing the Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders respectively.

The ICC Rest of the World XI will be captained by England limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan. The other players in the squad include Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan, Sri Lanka all-rounder Thisara Perera, the Pakistan duo of Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik, and the Bangladesh duo of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal.

“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,” former ECB chief Giles Clarke was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “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 one-off Twenty20 International will help raise funds for five cricket grounds in the Caribbean that were damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria – James Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, Dominica’s Windsor Park Stadium, Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands and Carib Lumber Ball Park in St Maarten.

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