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18-Apr-2018 04:48:00 GMT
West Indies v ICC World XI in England in 2018

Russell returns, Brathwaite to lead West Indies in T20I

Barbodos: Carlos Brathwaite will lead a strong Windies squad against the International Cricket Council Rest of the World XI in a charity Twenty20 International match at Lord's.

The Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge will be played on 31 May to raise funds for Caribbean cricket grounds damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria in September last year.

The fixture has been given international status and the proceeds from the encounter will go towards the restoration and renovation of five venues in the Caribbean -- Ronald Webster Park in Anguilla, Sir Viv Richards Stadium in Antigua, Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica, A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground in BVI and Carib Lumber Ball Park in St Maarten.

The match marks the return of Andre Russell, the hard-hitting Windies all-rounder, to the side. Russell last played a T20I for Windies back in August 2016 against India. He has been in top form since his return from suspension to white-ball cricket, punishing the bowlers in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Denesh Ramdin, Keemo Paul and Rayad Emrit retained their places from the T20I series against Pakistan last month while Ashley Nurse, the off-spinner, returned to the side.

West Indies squad: Carlos Brathwaite (Capt.), Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Andre Russell, Samuel Badree, Marlon Samuels, Kesrick Williams

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