London - Afghanistan's mesmerising leg spinner Rashid Khan
will play for a World XI in the one-off Twenty20 clash with West Indies at
Lord's to raise funds for stadiums damaged by last year's hurricanes in the
The 19-year-old - who is ranked number one in the
International Cricket Council (ICC) T20 bowling rankings - said he was honoured
to be selected for the match on May 31 against a side who had contributed so
much to the sport.
"It is a matter of great honour and pride for me and my
country that I have been chosen to support one of cricket's oldest and most
loyal members," he said in a statement.
"I don't think it will be incorrect to say that a
number of cricketers from this and previous generations were inspired and
attracted to cricket due to the heroics of the West Indies sides of the 70s,
80s and 90s.
"And if the West Indies are now looking upon us for
help, then there shouldn't be a hesitation for even a second."
Rashid, who will also play for Sussex in this season's T20
competition, will be captained by England's limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan.
The team will also have Pakistan duo Shahid Afridi and
Shoaib Malik, Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera and Bangladesh pair all-rounder
Shakib-al-Hasan and opening batsman Tamim Iqbal.