Afridi to captain ICC World XI; Billings, Mills & Curran added

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Shahid Afridi will captain the ICC World XI in the absence of Eoin Morgan

England squad v Scotland: EJG Morgan (Captain), MM Ali, JM Bairstow, SW Billings (wkt), AD Hales, LE Plunkett, AU Rashid, JE Root, JJ Roy, BA Stokes, DJ Willey, CR Woakes, MA Wood.

Former Pakistan skipper Afridi represented his country in over 500 global matches and famously broke the record for the fastest ODI century in his maiden worldwide innings as a 16-year-old, blazing his way to a 37-ball hundred.

Sam Billings will be included against Scotland to deputise for wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, and seamer Tom Curran will bolster the squad by one when he is added to the ranks to face Australia.

However, Eoin Morgan was initially appointed as the captain for ICC World XI vs West Indies T20 match.

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

"I think they will be ready, and with one eye on the World Cup they will come with a strong performance", said Morgan, speaking at an event to mark one year until the start of Cricket World Cup 2019.

The funds raised from the match will be used for the reconstruction of stadiums in the Caribbean which had been damaged because of hurricane Irma previous year.

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Tomorrow's match will raise funds to fix stadia in the Caribbean damaged by the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria last September.

Buttler, however returned to the 14-player group, replacing Sam Billings with speedster Tom Curran also being selected for the five-match series against Australia beginning at The Oval on June 13.

Morgan suffered the injury while fielding at backward point during a Middlesex game against Somerset at Taunton on Sunday as a ball caught him on the top of the ring finger on his right hand.

Earlier, allrounder Shahid Afridi confirmed that he would be playing a T20 global for ICC World XI against the West Indies.

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Good news for Shahid Afridi fans!

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