Fans Question International Status For Charity Match After Nasser Hussain's Commentary Stunt

Shahid Afridi

Let us first understand why the charity match is being held in the first place.

Afridi capained the World XI team during the exhibition match to help raise funds for the refurbishment of five cricket stadia in the Carribean damaged by hurricanes.

The match was staged to raise funds to rebuild and restore five major cricket venues in the Caribbean that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria past year. Sandeep thus joined a star-studded lineup of Shahid Afridi, Tamim Iqbal, Dinesh Karthik, Rashid Khan, Mitchell McClenaghan, Shoaib Malik, Hardik Pandya, Thisara Perera and Luke Ronchi.

There was yet another comeback, too, for cricket's very own Frank Sinatra, Shahid Afridi - who, due to the official T20I status of the match, was featuring in his 99th such contest, more than two years after his previous retirement at Mohali in March 2016.

Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera made a fine half century, his 61 coming off 37 balls but the World XI never had any chance of winning this match after slumping to eight for four.

In vision that many cricket fans found hard to believe, Hussain can be seen just metres behind the slips commentating and occasionally interview players during the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge match.

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World XI vs West Indies one-off T20 begins at 10:30 PM (IST). In 1986, a campaign titled the "Race against Time" took place to help with starvation relief in Africa.

In 2005, the Melbourne Cricket Ground hosted the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal in match between the World XI, led by former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, and Asia XI which was captained by India's Sourav Ganguly.

You can watch the match on Sony Six and Sony Six HD.

"It is very important and I want to say personally thanks to all and sundry who [collaborated] to get it (match) up and running", Brathwaite said.

In the 72-run drubbing of the World XI side, Sandeep went wicketless in his one-over spell where he conceded 12 runs and with the willow, he managed just four runs out of five balls.

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