After battling with in injury, Shahid Afridi is set to make a comeback and lead the ICC World XI against West Indies at Lord’s in a charity match.
Afridi will be captaining the side after Eoin Morgan withdrew from the contest due to a fractured finger.
Showing his excitement for the game, Afridi said that he is honored to be leading the ICC World XI side. He wrote on Twitter:
“It’s a great honour to be leading the ICC World XI side, that too for such a good cause. I’m sure all the players from either side are looking forward to the match with great enthusiasm and people will get to see some high-quality cricket on Thursday.”
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 29, 2018
The match is especially special for former Pakistani skipper as he stands 3 wickets short of becoming the first male cricketer to reach 100 T20I wickets.
Currently, Afridi has 97 T20I wickets and he is followed by Malanga of Sri Lanka with 90, Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal with 85 each. It is worth mentioning that all three of them have retired from T20I format.
Afridi has played 98 T20I matches so far. The second highest caps are of Muhammad Hafeez, who has featured in 81 T20I games for Pakistan.
The first person to reach 100 T20I wickets was Anisa Mohammed of West Indies Women’s Cricket, who currently has 107 wickets in 97 matches.
Infographic via Cricinfo