India duo to join side to be captained by Eoin Morgan in Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge against the Windies at Lord’s.
Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya have been named in the ICC Rest of the World XI to take on the Windies in the Hurricane Relief T20 Challenge at Lord’s on 31 May.
The addition of Karthik and Pandya takes the total number of players to have confirmed their participation to nine.
People would remember Pandya’s valiant 43-ball 76 against Pakistan in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy last year while Karthik too has played Test cricket at Lord’s. He has been in terrific form and recently blasted 29 off eight deliveries and sealed victory over Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Trophy with a last-ball six.
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 – damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria to varying degrees late last year.
Karthik and Pandya have featured frequently in India’s limited-overs sides in recent times, with Pandya making his Test debut against South Africa in January this year.
Karthik, who made his international debut in 2004, most recently turned out for India in the T20 Tri-Series in Sri Lanka in March, where he scored 29 runs off eight balls in the final against Bangladesh to help India pull off a thrilling win.