Pakistan Legend Shahid Afridi Decides to Call it a Day at Lord's


And though the contest is for charity, West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite told reporters the Caribbean side would be taking the game as seriously as they did any other worldwide.

There were also notable contributions from Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin and an elegant finishing touch from Andre Russell.

World XI lost the match by a margin of 72 runs as they failed to chase down a target of 200.

Being put in to bat first, the West Indies got off to a scorching start as Lewis dominated the 75-run partnership he amassed with Chris Gayle.

The match ended with some moments to cherish for both the teams.

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ICC World XI: Shahid Afridi (capt), Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tamim Iqbal, Tymal Mills, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rashid Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mitchell McClenaghan, Shoaib Malik, Thisara Perera, Luke Ronchi (wk), Adil Rashid. For some, however, the major talking point was the presence of Hussain on the pitch in a game that was officially designated global status.

Fans issues stemmed from the fact that the ICC curiously awarded the charity clash worldwide status, meaning that any runs scored or wickets taken would count towards career statistics.

Earlier, the World XI won the toss and elected to field first against West Indies. Being a much loved figure across the cricketing world, Lala as they call him has entertained millions with his swashbuckling batting and canny bowling.

And even though Sri Lankan Thisara Perera belted 61 from 37 balls, the damage had already been done and the World XI ended on 127, with 20 balls remaining in the innings. "Thanks to everyone who came out and supported this", said Shahid Afridi speaking about the guard of honor. Ramdin joined the fun with 44 not out from 25, as did Russell to spectacular effect in the penultimate over - three massive sixes took Rashid for an eye-watering 24 runs. 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.