Pakistan news June 27, 2014

Afridi to stage charity T20 match

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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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  • on July 10, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    well done lala

  • on July 3, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    goog lala I pray for you

  • 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!!

  • on June 29, 2014, 17:03 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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............

  • 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

  • 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

  • on June 28, 2014, 1:52 GMT

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

  • on June 28, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    Great thinking!!! Afridi is a real hero

  • on July 10, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    well done lala

  • on July 3, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    goog lala I pray for you

  • 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!!

  • on June 29, 2014, 17:03 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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............

  • 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

  • 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

  • on June 28, 2014, 1:52 GMT

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

  • on June 28, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    Great thinking!!! Afridi is a real hero

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,??,,,!!!!!

  • on June 27, 2014, 20:46 GMT

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

  • 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 ....

  • Vimalesh on June 27, 2014, 19:46 GMT

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

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • haq33 on June 27, 2014, 17:48 GMT

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

  • 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 :)

  • siddhartha87 on June 27, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Great initiative by an icon player

  • Arif_Khan_Bangladeshi 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.

  • 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...

  • 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

  • wrenx 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

  • on June 27, 2014, 16:12 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on June 27, 2014, 16:12 GMT

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

  • wrenx 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

  • 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

  • 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...

  • Arif_Khan_Bangladeshi 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.

  • siddhartha87 on June 27, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    Great initiative by an icon player