By: Rashid Ali Siddiqui, Karachi – Pakistan, June 27, 2014: Former captain Shahid Afridi has sought permission from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to hold two Twenty20 Charity matches for generating fund for the help of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
“I’ve decided to hold two Twenty20 Charity matches during the holy month of Ramzan for generating fund for the help of IDPs for which I appeal to PCB to come forward and grant permission,” he announced this while launching of Shahid Afridi Foundation (SAF) in a ceremony held at a five star hotel in Karachi on Friday.
He said that he has planned to spread a network of basic facilities like health, education, sanitation besides sports in his hometown Kohat and all other adjoining backward areas. “My foundation has built a hospital in Kohat recently at a cost of Rs 16 million where 60 to 70 poor people are being treated every day,” he maintained.
To a query, star all-rounder said that he received not a single penny from any quarters or government for the construction of hospital and it was built on his family’s land and he used all his resources to complete the project.
He said the today’s big issue is the settlement of IDPs and I appeal to people of Pakistan to come forward to help their brothers. To another question, Afridi said that he would be able to concentrate more on his mission after the World Cup 2015.
Responding to a volley of questions regarding cricketing matters, Afridi said that he would not comment any cricket related question as today’s briefing was for the purpose of his foundation. —- By: Rashid Ali Siddiqui