Eoin Morgan plays down fitness fears after fracturing finger

Shahid Afridi replaces Eoin Morgan as ICC World XI captain against WI

Shahid Afridi to captain ICC XI as Morgan's replacement - Cricket

Limited-overs specialist Alex Hales and Adil Rashid have been selected in the two squads alongside all-rounder Moeen Ali, who was dropped from England's test side during the tour to New Zealand in March.

Other players added to the squad include English fast bowler Tymal Mills as well as Surrey's promising all-rounder Sam Curran, who has yet to make his debut for England. Morgan will miss the Twenty20 fixture at Lord's after chipping the end of his right ring finger.

Former Pakistan One Day International (ODI) and T20 captain Shahid Afridi will lead World XI against West Indies at Lord's after Eion Morgan pulled out.

Meanwhile, Morgan suffered the injury during Middlesex's game against Somerset.

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Sam Billings will deputise for wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for the Scotland clash, with seamer Tom Curran bolstering the ranks for the Australia series.

"I think they will, with one eye on the World Cup, they will come with a strong performance", Morgan told reporters at an event in London on Wednesday to mark a year until the start of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

The exhibition match is scheduled on May 31 at Lord's, to raise funds for the damages incurred due to the Carribean islands.

In tweet message, he said it's a great honour to be leading the ICC World XI side, that too for such a good cause.

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"It's a week-to-10 days to get the swelling down in the finger and then protect it as we go on".

The left-handed batsman was set to captain the World XI in a game granted global status by the worldwide Cricket Council, which is being held to raise funds for stadiums in Dominica and Anguilla damaged by hurricanes previous year.

"It was my first time being selected in a charitable but also World XI game, it's very special to be selected", he said.

Morgan was sidelined due to a fractured finger and will be replaced by fellow countryman Sam Billlings in the World XI squad.

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