Afridi made captain of World XI against WI

Shahid Afridi will lead the World XI against the Windies at Lords

Eoin Morgan is relieved he will be ready to captain England in their upcoming one-day internationals against Scotland and Australia despite a broken finger.

Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi will lead the ICC World XI in an exhibition Twenty20 worldwide against West Indies after Eoin Morgan was ruled out of the May 31 game with a fractured finger.

"I have a small fracture in the ring finger of my right hand", Morgan told Press Association Sport.

Afridi said he was overwhelmed to have been appointed captain of the World XI.

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

It has also been confirmed that Sam Billings, who tasted Indian Premier League (IPL) glory with the Chennai Super Kings, will replace Morgan in the squad.

"It is not a bad crack but it is bad enough to keep him out of tomorrow's Middlesex game and the World XI game", Andy Flower, standing in as England's director of cricket as Andrew Strauss takes a family break, said.

Eoin Morgan was initially named as the captain of the side, but the left-handed batsman has pulled out following a fractured finger.

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

All the proceeds from this match will be used to redevelop stadia in the Caribbean, which were damaged due to hurricanes previous year.

The latest is that he is in the recovery process and will be fit before the Scotland one-off ODI on June 10 in Edinburgh, which will soon be followed by a five-match ODI series at home against Australia.

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi will skipper the World XI in the absence of Morgan, who will be replaced in the line-up by England team-mate Sam Billings, with Surrey's Sam Curran and Sussex's Tymal Mills also added to the group. Morgan had been due to captain an ICC World XI against West Indies in a T20 match at Lord's tomorrow to raise money for cricket grounds in Dominica and Anguilla that were destroyed by hurricanes previous year.

Good news for Shahid Afridi fans!

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