Windies to play ICC Rest of the World XI at Lord's



The match is set to be played on May 31, 2018 © Getty

The Windies are set to face a Rest of the World XI side in a one-off T20 game to raise funds for the Caribbean cricket grounds (James Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla and Dominica’s Windsor Park Stadium) that were damaged by the recent hurricanes – Irma and Maria. The match between the reigning world champions and World XI is set to take place on May 31 at Lord’s.

The International Cricket Council has granted the match international status. with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) president Giles Clarke, an ICC board member, co-ordinating the game. The match will be broadcast live and the proceeds from the game will be used as for the restoration of the grounds.

Dave Cameron, the president of Cricket West Indies, said in a statement issued in conjunction with Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Tuesday: “Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated parts of the Eastern Caribbean and we have been considering how CWI can best show support for our region in the most impactful way.

“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.”.

Guy Lavender, chief executive & secretary of MCC, said, “MCC is delighted to be able to host this very special match. The last time that a match between West Indies and Rest of the World was held at Lord’s was in 1966.

“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.”

Colin Graves, ECB chief, added: “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.

“The ECB and CWI have always enjoyed a fantastic relationship and we are keen to support them and the people of the Caribbean in this fundraising initiative.”

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