Fast forward to 2015, when Help for Heroes XI took on the Rest of the World XI in a T20 match at The Oval to help a United Kingdom charity raise almost $650,000 for veterans, military personnel and their families.
This will not be the first time that an ICC World XI will take field to develop a philanthropic cause, in 2005 it played an ODI against an Asia XI side in the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal and in 2017, it played the Independence Cup in Pakistan to welcome back full-fledged worldwide cricket into the country after a almost decade-long hiatus.
At one point reduced to 45/5, the only resistance came from Sri Lanka's Thisarra Perera, who smashed 61 from 37 balls. Star names from across the world including Luke Ronchi, Dinesh Karthik, Shoiab Malik, Thisara Perera and Rashid Khan joined to play for the World XI.
Much as the 40 overs of cricket out in the middle will be in focus, it's the money earned from the match, which will go towards the refurbishment of five cricket stadia in the Caribbean that were damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria a year ago, that will be the bigger picture.
World XI will face West Indies on Thursday at Lord's for a good cause.
The World XI side, in fact, has had more than a few changes since being formally announced. He was struggling with his fitness and came out to bat with a runner, which is not allowed in worldwide cricket.
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