It is said “Never anger nature, you cannot stand against it if it hits”. The same happened when Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria hit. Irma being the first Category 5 Hurricane to strike the Leeward Islands on 30th August 2017 followed by Hurricane Maria which is considered to be the worst natural disaster which hit Dominica and Puerto Rico on 16th September,2017. These two hurricanes created such a havoc situation in the affected areas that these communities are still not able to recover from.
We always witness Cricket Association to come forward and play for a noble cause. Well, the same enthuse has been shown by West Indies Cricket Squad. West Indies have announced Hurricane Relief T20 match against the ICC Rest of the World XI at Lord’s. MCC, ECB and ICC is helping this charity match to be presented for fund raising to rebuild and restore five major cricket venues and other cricket facilities at the heart of Caribbean communities that were destructed and impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Cricket Venues to be renovated:
- Ronald Webster Park, Anguilla- damaged in Irma
- Sir Viv Richards Stadium, Antigua- temporarily converted to host refugees from Barbuda following Irma.
- Windsor Park Stadium, Dominica- damaged in Maria
- O. Shirley Recreation Ground, BVI- damaged in Irma
- Carib Lumber Ball park, St Maarten- Damaged in Irma
ICC World XI t20 captain will be Pakistan’s renowned All-rounder Shahid Afridi and Carlos Brathwaite will lead West Indies. Indian Wicket Keeper Batsman Dinesh Kartik along with Mohammed Shami is included in ICC World XI. Andre Russell after his tremendous performance in IPL and Super 50 Cup has also returned in West Indies along with Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis and spinner Ashley Nurse.
ICC World XI: Dinesh Karthik, Mitchell McClenaghan, Thisara Perera, Rashid Khan, Luke Ronchi, Shahid Afridi(c), Shoaib Malik, Tamim Iqbal, Sandeep Lamichhane, Adil Rashid, Mohammed Shami, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tymal Mills
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite(c), Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Samuel Badree, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams
World XI vs West Indies 2018 Schedule: This match will be played in Lord’s Cricket Ground on 31st May 2018.The match will be telecasted live on television from 10:30 pm IST.
Cricket West Indies (CWI) CEO, Johnny Grave stated that CWI is thankful to all the cricketers for their tremendous support and commitment to the vital cause. He also mentioned that they are hoping to raise an ample amount of money from Hurricane Relief t20 match and are very obligated to the MCC, ECB and ICC without whom this match would have not been possible.
All we can hope now that this Cricket match helps these communities to recover and the damaged stadium to get renovated. We can never stop the nature being rude to the human kind but we can always embrace ourselves and can help raising the funds for the hit areas. That’s how Humanity survives!! That’s how Cricket flourishes.