West Indies intend to play today’s high-profile Twenty20 International against the ICC World Eleven at full throttle, in spite of the fact the match will serve as a fund-raiser to help with hurricane relief in the Caribbean.
The match, which brings together several global stars of the game, bowls off at Lord’s at 6:00 pm which is about 1:00 pm Eastern Caribbean time, and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
Funds from the game will go towards the refurbishment of five stadia affected by the passage of hurricanes Irma and Maria last September, including Test venues Windsor Park in Dominica and the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium in Antigua.
And though the contest is for charity, West Indies Captain Carlos Brathwaite told reporters the Caribbean side would be taking the game as seriously as they did any other international.
Brathwaite, who played in last Sunday’s Indian Premier League final for Hyderabad Sunrisers before jetting off to London, will be joined by several of the Windies leading stars including Chris Gayle, Andre Russell Evin Lewis, Samuel Badree and Denesh Ramdin.
The World Eleven will be led by Pakistani all-rounder Shahid Afridi.