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Morgan out of ICC World XI due to finger injury

Morgan out of ICC World XI due to finger injury

Billings, a 26-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, has 30 caps for England in ODIs and T20Is, and has just returned from a stint in the IPL playing for the Chennai Super Kings.

Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi will lead the ICC World XI side against Windies at Lord's for the one-off T20 global fixture.

ICC World XI team will consist of two players from Pakistan and New Zealand.

Earlier, ICC made the announcement that Eoin Morgan has been forced to pull out of the ICC World XI squad for the 31 May Twenty20 global against the Windies at Lord's due to a fractured finger.

Meanwhile, Tymal Mills, the England global, and Sam Curran, the Surrey allrounder, also have been added to the squad, making it a 14-member roster.

But while he won't be able to play in that match, Morgan - England's limited-overs skipper - will take charge on June 10 against Scotland and then in five matches against Australia. However, in the recent development, Morgan ruled himself out of the match due to a broken finger and ICC has named Shahid Afridi as the captain of the World XI.

Carlos Braithwaite will lead the West Indies side. One of the upcoming prospects from English domestic circuit is fast-bowling all-rounder Sam Curran, who is the brother of England International Tom Curran.

Morgan suffered his injury while fielding for Middlesex during their Royal London One-Day Cup match at Somerset on Sunday and will also miss his county's fixtures against Hampshire and Surrey this week. The match is being held to raise funds for the reconstruction of Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, the Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica, the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands and the Carib Lumber Ball Park in St. Maarten, that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria past year.

"It's a great honour to be leading the ICC World XI side, that too for such a good cause".

"It's not a huge concern, it's one that hopefully we can manage past about a week when the swelling goes down", Morgan said.


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