Ben Stokes has announced he will donate all of his match fees in all three Tests against Pakistan to help the host nation recover from the recent devastating floods. The England skipper mentioned the role cricket has played for him and his desire to return the favor.
England are set to visit Pakistan for the first time in 17 years, with the first of three Tests due to take place in Rawalpindi on December 1. As the hype surrounding the tantalizing encounter increases with both sides in full preparation, the skipper Ben Stokes made headlines by revealing that he would not take any part of match fees earned throughout the home series. Instead, the all-rounder would channel all those funds into the Pakistan Flood Appeal to help the sub-continental nation recover from the devastating floods earlier this year.
“It’s great to be in Pakistan for the first time for this historic series. To be back here after 17 years as a Test team is very exciting. There is a sense of responsibility among the playing group and of support and being here is special. The floods that devastated Pakistan earlier this year were very sad to see and had a significant impact on the country and people,” Stokes tweeted on Monday.
Pakistan was hit by heavy rains in the summer and had to declare a state of emergency due to flooding which killed nearly 2,000 people. The country has since received help from some of the world’s largest companies, coalitions and organizations, as well as several countries and individuals, as Pakistan aims to rebuild life in the region.
“The game has given me a lot in my life and I think it is right to give back something that goes far beyond cricket. I will donate my match fee from this test series to the Pakistan Appeal Flood I hope this donation can go towards rebuilding the areas of Pakistan most affected by the floods,” Stokes added.
The England skipper also shared a link to donate on his Twitter, urging people to join him in his efforts.
I am donating my match fee from this round of testing to the Pakistan Flood call ❤️🇵🇰 pic.twitter.com/BgvY0VQ2GG
— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) November 28, 2022
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