Five best innings from previous World XI matches

Shahid Afridi

Shahid Afridi will lead the World XI against West Indies at The Lord's

Evin Lewis's quickfire fifty and economical bowling from spinner Samuel Badree saw the West Indies to an emphatic 72-run victory over the World XI in the Hurricane Relief Twenty20 Challenge at Lord's on Thursday.

West Indies will be led by 2016 T20 World Cup hero Carlos Brathwaite, with the likes of Andre Russell and Evin Lewis also included in the squad.

Fast forward to 2015, when Help for Heroes XI took on the Rest of the World XI in a T20 match at The Oval to help a United Kingdom charity raise almost $650,000 for veterans, military personnel and their families. Before they'd found their bearings they'd been reduced to 8 for 4, with Samuel Badree scalping Luke Ronchi and Denesh Karthik for ducks in his opening over, either side of Russell seeing off the opener, Tamim Iqbal and Sam Billings.

But he was the only World XI player to score more than 12.

With a rich global career of 11,196 runs, 541 wickets, the former Pakistan captain, popularly known as Boom Boom, was given the captaincy role after England's Eoin Morgan pulled out of the match because of a fractured finger.

Afridi, who retired from mainstream global cricket two years ago, received a guard of honour at Lord's.

The World XI side, in fact, has had more than a few changes since being formally announced.

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"The cause was everything tonight, and to have been able to help, it's fantastic".

A group of former and current players will be in action to raise funds for the refurbishment of five cricket stadia in the Caribbean that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017.

"Thanks to everyone who came out and supported this", he said.

Carlos Brathwaite, West Indies' captain, was happy to be given first-use of the pitch.

However, former Pakistan captain Afridi found it a ideal opportunity - to make fun of the Afghan spinner as he repeated Rashid's gestures.

"So it's important for those of us who can to be able to use our profile for the greater good", he added.

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