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

Andy Flower

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Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi was afforded a guard of honour during the charity T20 match between West Indies and World XI at Lord's on Thursday evening as he declared that would be his last match in global cricket.

The match was played to raise funds to fix five cricket grounds in the Caribbean that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria previous year.

Lewis, despite having a scratchy Chris Gayle at the other end, helped West Indies get off to a solid start after the Shahid Afridi-led World XI won the toss and made a decision to bowl. Officially, runners are no longer permitted in full global fixtures, but the ICC were happy in the circumstances to give him special dispensation.

The star-studded World XI lost four wickets for eight runs in 3.3 overs from where they had never recovered despite a battling 61 by Tishara Perera.

Afridi finished his spell with 1/34 and scored just 11 runs in his final worldwide match. While some saw it as part of innovative cricket coverage, there were others who termed it a farce and criticized the ICC for allowing it to happen.

Windies troubled World XI with the ball at the start.

Channel 7 AFL commentator Brian Taylor has been responsible for some of footy's most entertaining - and awkward - moments when he ventures into the winnings team's changeroom post-match armed with a camera and a microphone and goes rogue. "It was a real honour for me and a memory I'll cherish for long", he said on Twitter. He was struggling with his fitness and came out to bat with a runner, which is not allowed in global cricket.

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

Marlon Samuels kept the runs coming in the middle, slamming 43 from 22 balls, while Denesh Ramdin (44 from 25 balls) and Andre Russell (21 from 10 balls) provided the boost at the end.

"Thanks to everyone who came out and supported this".

The Windies emerged victorious by 72 runs as the ICC World XI stumbled for 127 runs in their chase of 200.

He captained the World 11 against West Indies at Lords.

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