Shahid Afridi © AFP
Shahid Afridi © AFP

Shahid Afridi will be seen in action in the T20 charity match at Lord’s on May 31. The match, to be played between ICC World XI and World T20 champions West Indies, has already been granted T20 International status by ICC. It was rumoured that Afridi may miss out, but the man himself has rubbished all such claims on Twitter: “I will be playing @ICC World XI vs @westindies as I feel strongly to support this as a cricketer & Muslim. I am following the rehab plan my Doctor gave %. My Allah recommends to help people in need with all the power I have. C u @HomeOfCricket on 31st and let’s keep #HopeNotOut”

Andy Flower also lauded Afridi for his commitment towards the charity match.

The match is being organised to raise funds for stadia in The Caribbean that were badly damaged following Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year. Hardik Pandya and wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik will also feature in the match.