Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge: All you need to know ahead of Thursday's fundraiser at Lord's
Nasser Hussain to take to the outfield as Windies play Rest of the World XI in Lord's fundraiser
Last Updated: 31/05/18 6:18pm
Carlos Brathwaite's Windies will play an ICC World XI at Lord's on Thursday night in the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge.
Here's all you need to know ahead of the game, which will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket, Mix and Main Event from 5.30pm. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.
Why's the game being played?
To raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricketing venues in the Caribbean that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September.
Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla; Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica; A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in the British Virgin Islands and Carib Lumber Ball Park in St Maarten are all in need of repair.
Plus Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, which was temporarily converted to host refugees from Barbuda following Irma, requires refurbishment.
Money generated from the game at Lord's will also go towards aiding other community cricket facilities in the Caribbean.
Which players are in action?
Brathwaite - who will hotfoot it to London after playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in Sunday's IPL final defeat to Chennai Super Kings - will skipper a Windies squad including fellow IPL stars Chris Gayle, Andre Russell and Evin Lewis, as well as veteran batsman Marlon Samuels.
The World XI, meanwhile, were meant to be skippered by England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan before a fractrued finger ruled him out. But England are set to be well represented by Adil Rashid, Tymal Mills, Sam Billings and Sam Curran. Pakistan's Shahid "Boom Boom" Afridi brings his spectacular brand of cricket to the game, while Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan - fresh from taking 21 wickets in the IPL for Sunrisers - and Sandeep Lamichhane of Nepal, who snared five in three games for Mumbai Indians, are also in the World XI squad.
Windies squad: Carlos Brathwaite (captain), Samuel Badree, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams
COACH: Stuart Law
ROW squad: Shahid Afridi (captain, Pakistan), Sam Billings (England), Sam Curran (England), Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Dinesh Karthik (India), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan), Sandeep Lamichhane (Nepal), Shoaib Malik (Pakistan), Mitchell McClenaghan (New Zealand), Tymal Mills (England), Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka), Adil Rashid (England), Mohammad Shami (India), Luke Ronchi (New Zealand)
COACH: Andy Flower
Where can I purchase tickets?
Some restricted view seats remain available. Just head to https://tickets.lords.org/ for more information.
Who's there for Sky Sports?
Ian Ward will present our coverage in the Pod, with Rob Key, Isa Guha, Mel Jones and former New Zealand seamer Simon Doull also part of our commentary team. Nasser Hussain will be there, too - he will have a roving reporter role on the outfield, catching up with the players between balls and gaining an insight into their methods and mind-sets.
Watch the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge, live on Sky Sports Cricket, Mix and Main Event from 5.30pm on Thursday. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.