Windies, the most successful team in ICC World T20 history, will play a special fundraising T20I match against an ICC Rest of World XI at Lord’s on 31st May 2018. It will be a one-off match which will have the T20I status.
With the association of Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced the special fundraising match. With this fund, Caribbean cricket grounds will be tried to restore which were damaged in the recent hurricanes.
As a result of recent Hurricanes Irma and Maria, James Ronald Webster Park (Anguilla) and Windsor Park Stadium (Dominica) suffered a huge damage.
Dave Cameron, the President of CWI said: “Hurricanes Irma and Maria have devastated parts of the Eastern Caribbean and we have been considering how CWI can best show support for our region in the most impactful way. I would like personally to thank MCC for agreeing to host the match at Lord’s, and ECB, especially their President Giles Clarke, for their kind and generous support of this initiative. I am sure the match will be highly entertaining and competitive, as well as a great platform for us to raise much-needed funds.”
Guy Lavender, the Chief Executive & Secretary of MCC, stated: “MCC is delighted to be able to host this very special match. The last time that a match between West Indies and Rest of the World was held at Lord’s was in 1966. MCC has enjoyed a warm relationship with the people of the Caribbean for over a century and is proud to be able to play a part in providing relief for the areas that were devastated by last year’s hurricanes. I am looking forward to seeing a capacity crowd to help raise funds to restore important cricket facilities.”
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The ECB Chairman, Colin Graves commented: “To have two category 5 hurricanes in the space of two weeks was unprecedented and everyone around the world was shocked by the destruction which was caused. The ECB and CWI have always enjoyed a fantastic relationship and we are keen to support them and the people of the Caribbean in this fundraising initiative. I would like to thank our partners, Sky Sports, for their immediate support by agreeing to broadcast this special International match and MCC for agreeing to host it at Lord’s.”
ICC has confirmed to provide full support for this special fundraising T20I match.
Windies (also known as West Indies) are the two times ICC World T20 champions, which is the most by any team. Before winning the latest ICC World T20 in 2016, they had won the trophy first time in 2012. In T20I cricket, the Caribbean team is always known as the entertaining team.