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Afridi to stage charity T20 match

AFP

June 27, 2014

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Shahid Afridi addresses the media during the launch of his charity foundation, Karachi, June 27, 2014
Shahid Afridi: "I want to return to my country what it has given me" © Getty Images
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Shahid Afridi has said that he is planning a Twenty20 match to raise money for the almost half a million people displaced by a military operation in Pakistan's northwest region.

"I am in talks with the authorities and will soon announce a Twenty20 match in Lahore to raise funds," he told reporters at the launch of his charity foundation. "I want to return to my country what it has given me, with an aim to serve my people."

Afridi said the foundation had set up a 16-bed maternity hospital in the remote Tangi Banda village, which is located in the northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. The hospital, named after Afridi's father Fazlur Rehman, was paid for by Afridi who said he had been inspired by former Pakistan captain Imran Khan who runs a cancer hospital in Lahore through charity.

Afridi added that his foundation would also work on education and sports to turn youngsters away from the path of extremism. "The youth in remote areas have no education," he said. "If we educate them then they can be more helpful for the country."

Afridi said he would spare more time for his foundation after the 2015 World Cup.

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Posted by   on (July 10, 2014, 20:10 GMT)

well done lala

Posted by   on (July 3, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

goog lala I pray for you

Posted by   on (June 30, 2014, 19:48 GMT)

that's what u should do after retiring from cricket. May Allah Succeed U in your aim! Ameen!!

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 17:03 GMT)

lala you are like a real hero of Pakistan ,, love yu lala

Posted by   on (June 29, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

Good initiative. Retire asap and do some charitable work. It will be bigger service for Pak then what Afridi is doing currently.

Posted by   on (June 28, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

a very impressive step by Shahid Khan Afridi. Every sportsman (especially who signed central contract of PCB & playing country cricket outside) should also do such activities and donate to the foundation....Afridi have larger fan following all over the world and his personality further confirms that every single penny of his foundation must reach the needy! waiting for official website or bank account details of the foundation for donations etc............

Posted by   on (June 28, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

such a great initiative from a great human being..:he is a real role of model for the whole country as in the current Scenario the whole nation is in strange mode: he is like great IK who is also very keen to serve society in various ways: we just hope he will continue his struggle::as far as his cricket is concerned He is a real Legend no matter what his critics says he always something special in his game which has probably no parallels in world cricket luv u LALA

Posted by   on (June 28, 2014, 7:00 GMT)

Good Mind Always use for Good Work .... Lala U have Good Mind And thinking's are Too Fine ... Allah Bless You May Allah u achieved Your Goal .. Ameen

Posted by   on (June 28, 2014, 1:52 GMT)

Amazing.... Thats why we love you Lala... Best of luck

Posted by   on (June 28, 2014, 1:31 GMT)

Great thinking!!! Afridi is a real hero

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (June 27, 2014, 21:54 GMT)

Great Initiative by Afridi. Ajmal is making a cricket academy in Faisalabad which is also great to see. Sometimes i feel a bit disappointed with 2W's for not taking any such initiatives for country as they were huge icons in there times atleast.

Posted by nafzak on (June 27, 2014, 20:55 GMT)

Mohammad Yousef was just here in Silver Spring, maryland for a fundraiser. Unfortunately, it was arranged and announced just 2 days before the actual fundraiser, so not many people knew about it. If Shahid is reading this... he can contact M. Yousef and get the contact numver for the same Masjid. We'll definitely make space available for you. Guaranteed sellout and maximum for Shahid Afridi if he comes here.

Posted by nafzak on (June 27, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

Great work by Shahid Afridi. Come to Maryland masjid and do a fundraiser.. we'll all help you. Pakistan can use more people like you.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 20:49 GMT)

Yup,,doing just the right thing for poor people..they should also live a happy life like us and why noT,??,,,!!!!!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

Yup,,,,he is doing a nice joB,,!!!!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

Good job..if he could bring few overseas players like Hashim Amla,Moeen Ali, owais shah,jawaad Ahmad even azhar etc will be amazing ....

Posted by Vimalesh on (June 27, 2014, 19:46 GMT)

Namaskar & well done brother-looking forward to more good news.

Posted by amumtaz on (June 27, 2014, 19:23 GMT)

Well done Afridi! Atleast after Imran Khan someone has come up to think for the nation beyond Cricket!

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 19:03 GMT)

You are doing great Lala.Tats the way to pay back what your country has given you in so many years. IDPs need our help & i hope each one of us helps them. May Allah Bless You Afridi!

Posted by haq33 on (June 27, 2014, 17:48 GMT)

Love you Shahid. Love the logo and the motto. Best wishes to a true champ.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 17:09 GMT)

I hope, folks who are placing messages of support for Afridi, also do their best to help people in difficult situations and not just pass the buck to others. I will not only make donations to his charity (hospital foundation) but encourage my family/relative as well. I hope, you guys can do the same thing. All the best :)

Posted by siddhartha87 on (June 27, 2014, 17:02 GMT)

Great initiative by an icon player

Posted by SaifKhan90 on (June 27, 2014, 16:50 GMT)

Kudos Afridi bhai. Your initiative will inspire the next generation into taking part in philanthropy, same way Imran Khan was able to do. In our own family, my late grandfather helped finance schools in Dhaka, Pabna and encouraged all of us to be sympathetic to the plight of the needy. I will take inspiration from your initiative and my grandfathers, as I do the best I can to help society in a positive way by working as a Civil Engineer/philanthropist. Lots love from Dhaka/Wellington.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 16:45 GMT)

such a good work by afridi we are always with u go ahead all nation love u for your greatness work...

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 16:27 GMT)

Excellent work Afridi. We are proud of these kind of people in our country. May ALLAH help you in this good deed AMEE

Posted by applethief on (June 27, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

Good for you Afridi, never missing an opportunity to give back. Hope the match is massively successful for you and your foundation

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 16:12 GMT)

good thing. we need lot more of these to raise money for IDPs

Posted by SamWintson92 on (June 27, 2014, 15:58 GMT)

Proud of you, Shahid Afridi. Humanity is above everything & the most important thing is to be a good human first.

Posted by H.Tahir_fan on (June 27, 2014, 15:31 GMT)

Good work. Afridi! Over the last few months he has established himself as as a hero. Waiting 4 that match.

Posted by Imran_Gondal on (June 27, 2014, 15:13 GMT)

Salutes to Afridi, this is why this man is so lovable and loved. He is a great cricketer and a great human being. Plz continue your good work whole heartedly.

Posted by   on (June 27, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Afridi should take up a role in PCB .He is a role model for pakistani cricketers and certainly the best ODI player from Pakistan.

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