Morgan ruled out of Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge charity match

Eoin Morgan ruled out Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge charity match ICC Rest of the World XI West Indies Lord's cricket

Eoin Morgan will miss the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge and Shahid Afridi will replace him as captain of the ICC Rest of the World XI

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England captain Eoin Morgan will miss the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge charity match against the West Indies on Thursday at Lord’s due to a fractured right ring finger.

Morgan sustained the injury while fielding at backward point during Middlesex’s Royal London One-Day Cup loss to Somerset on Sunday.

While the injury is not serious, Morgan is set to be out of action for a week.

“It is not a bad crack but it is bad enough to keep him out of tomorrow’s Middlesex game and the World XI game. It is not a huge concern, it is one we can hopefully manage past in about a week,” Andy Flower, who is standing in as England’s director of cricket for Andrew Strauss, was quoted as saying by the International Cricket Council (ICC) website.

Morgan was supposed to captain the ICC Rest of the World XI in the charity match, but since he has been ruled out of the game, former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi will take over the leadership role.

It has also been confirmed that Sam Billings, who tasted Indian Premier League (IPL) glory with the Chennai Super Kings, will replace Morgan in the squad.

Pace bowlers Sam Curran and Tymal Mills have also been added to the ICC Rest of the World XI team.

The charity match 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.

With Morgan out of action, it remains to be seen whether he will be fit to captain England in a one-off ODI against England in Edinburgh on June 10.

Following that match, England will play a limited overs series against Australia, which will consist of five ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International.

The ODI series will get underway on June 13 at The Oval, while the Twenty20 International will be held at Edgbaston on June 27.

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