Wednesday, 20 June, 2018

Injured Morgan included in England ODI squads

Shahid Afridi replaces Eoin Morgan as ICC World XI captain against WI Shahid Afridi to captain ICC XI as Morgan's replacement - Cricket
Domingo Copeland | 02 June, 2018, 04:46

Limited-overs specialist Alex Hales and Adil Rashid have been selected in the two squads alongside all-rounder Moeen Ali, who was dropped from England's test side during the tour to New Zealand in March.

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.

Morgan will miss the Twenty20 fixture at Lord's after chipping the end of his right ring finger.It is believed the problem will sideline Morgan for seven to 10 days, meaning he should be fit to play in England's one-day global against Scotland at Edinburgh on June 10.

Morgan was forced to withdraw from Thursday's Hurricane Relief Twenty20 Challenge with the injury, but it will not hamper his England commitments.

Fellow English player Sam Billings has been named as Morgan's replacement in the squad.

"I'll be fine for the one-dayers".

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England's limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has been included in the one-day global (ODI) squad to face Australia and Scotland despite suffering a finger injury, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Wednesday. The ICC team will be captained by Shahid Afridi, the former Pakistan all-rounder.

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 a year ago.

England, now number one in the ODI world rankings, defeated Australia 4-1 in a five-match series held in Australia in January. The match is being organized to raise funds for stadia in the Caribbean that were badly damaged following Hurricanes Irma and Maria past year, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement.

"It's a week-to-10 days to get the swelling down in the finger and then protect it as we go on".

The hard-hitting batsman tweeted: "It's a great honour to be leading the ICC World XI side, that too for such a good cause".

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