Pakistan cricketer Shadab Khan pledges to donate entire match fee from Sri Lanka series for earthquake victims
A massive earthquake jolted Pakistan on Tuesday leaving 45 dead and over 450 people injured. The epicentre of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake was close to the city of Mirpur in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir region. The earthquake caused significant damage to property and nature in the region leaving trees uprooted and roads cracked. Seeing the aftermath, Pakistan cricketer Shadab Khan has come forward to help the people of his country.
Khan took to Twitter on Tuesday to announce that he will be donating his entire match fee from the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka for the people affected by the earthquake. Pakistan are scheduled to play Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I series and as many ODIs starting from September 27th. Shadab is in Pakistan's ODI squad for the Sri Lanka series.
"I pledge to donate all my match fees from the #PAKvSL series to the ppl affected by the #earthquake in Pakistan today. Let’s try to help our brothers and sisters in need," Shadab wrote on Twitter.
I pledge to donate all my match fees from the #PAKvSL series to the ppl affected by the #earthquake in Pakistan today. Let’s try to help our brothers and sisters in need.— Shadab Khan (@76Shadabkhan) September 24, 2019
Pakistan will host Sri Lanka in a three-match T20I series in Karachi before moving to Lahore for the ODI series. The series remains under scanner after the Sri Lankan board had earlier expressed concerns after receiving terror threats. The Sri Lankan Board, however, decided to go ahead after getting an assurance of good security from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
As many as ten Sri Lankan players including some of the seniors like Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and Dimuth Karunaratne had pulled out of the Pakistan tour citing security concerns forcing the board to name a second-string ODI and T20I squads for the tour. The Sri Lankan team will be led by Lahiru Thirimanne and Dasun Shanaka in ODIs and T20Is respectively.
Sri Lankan players landed in Pakistan on Tuesday for the series which gets underway on Friday. Pakistan will be looking to make a statement amid home crowd after a disappointing World Cup 2019 where they failed to make it to the semi-finals.