Pakistani cricketer, Shahid Afridi, has announced to set up a cricket academy in Kashmir to bring the children of Kashmir to cricket on Tuesday.
He announced this during the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between Kashmir Premier League and Shahid Afridi Foundation at a local hotel. The cricketer said that he had been a part of many cricket leagues but wants to be a part of this league.
“I will try my best to do as much as I can for KPL. My heart wants me to play with every KPL franchise. The condition I have put on myself for playing in KPL is that a cricket academy will be set up in Kashmir,” he said.
The @kpl_20 chooses #SAF as charity partner in an MoU signing ceremony with Chairman @SAfridiOfficial & @marifmalik. The partnership will work towards transforming lives of under privileged communities through cricket, creating a platform for the people & land of Kashmir. pic.twitter.com/DQfnZt7Y82
— Shahid Afridi Foundation (@SAFoundationN) December 29, 2020
“I request everyone to fully support KPL. Apart from sports, I will also work in Kashmir in the health sector.”
“It is an honor for me to be the brand ambassador of this league. I will bring Kashmir children to cricket and will set up a cricket academy there. The Foundation will support good talent,” he said.
The cricketer connects with his roots
Afridi visited his ancestral village in KP along with his family, shared this update on social media last week.
Afridi posted his pictures engaging with the kids in his village on his Instagram account. In his social media post, he said he has brought his family so that they can better connect with their roots.
“No matter where you live in the world it’s always important to connect with your roots to better your sense of identity. With the family visiting our ancestral village-great meeting the locals, family & to check on the progress of the hospital, whilst indulging on local delicacies,” wrote Afridi in an Instagram account. In a series of pictures posted on his account, he could be seen sitting on a tractor.
In a Twitter post, he said that besides meeting his extended family, he is also checking on the progress of the charity hospital built by the non-profitable organization, Shahid Afridi Foundation.
GVS News Desk