The Prime Minister of the Republic of Pakistan, Mian Shahbaz Sharif, expressed his immense gratitude for the noble decision taken by England All-Rounder Ben Stokes ahead of the upcoming historical Test Series between England and Pakistan.
England all-rounder. Ben stokes announced to donate his entire test series fee to the flood victims of Pakistan. PM Sharif said that, “the nation profoundly appreciates the kind and generous gesture of the English All-Rounder.”
He added that, “the empathy and compassion shown by Ben Stokes towards humanity is a great virtue and example of his kindness.”
PM Shahbaz further acknowledged and praised the grand gesture by calling it the “perfect example of the tradition of Great Britain of philanthropy and helping fellow people.”
The heartwarming announcement was made by Ben Stokes yesterday (28 November) on his official Twitter account. He updated that, “he is very excited and looking forward to being in Pakistan for the upcoming historic Test Series.”
He mentioned that, “it would be special to return after 17 years to Pakistan, and the entire England squad and support staff feel a sense of responsibility to be part of the tour.”
In his announcement, he came to acknowledge the devastating effects caused by the floods in Pakistan earlier this year. He expressed his deep condolences and respect for the victims.
It is heartbreaking to see the hardships and severe impacts that the people of Pakistan face. Said Stokes.
Furthermore, Stokes said that he had gotten everything from the game of cricket, and it was only so special to be able to give back something to the people in what form he could, which is beyond the boundaries of cricket and helpful to the people.
He hopes that the donation will prove helpful in rebuilding the situation around the areas and people affected the most by the devastating natural disaster.
As per the reports, the floods were triggered by the Torrential Rains, considered the most severe and extreme amount of rain in the recent history of Pakistan. According to reports,
it was registered that the floods started on 14 June 2022, which killed around 1739 people and caused damage of nearly 3.2 trillion Pakistani Rupees.
Moreover, it was reported that Baluchistan was the most affected area by the floods.
Several relief organizations came forward to help Pakistan after the disaster, such as Norway, the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), and WHO’s Contingency Fund for Emergencies.
Several Pakistani non-profit organizations also came to help the affected areas, such as Akhuwat Foundation, HANDS Pakistan Edhi Foundation etc.
In support and appreciation of the noble act by Ben Stokes, Pakistani former cricketers and legend Wasim Akram thanked and showed his regards to the English player, which read as follows,
“Hats off to you! What an incredible human you are. I speak for Pakistan when I say Thank You”.
Ben Stokes Is a New Zealand born and migrated to England as a child and currently captaining the England test team. He has been playing a significant role in lifting the England cricket team for a long.
He had played memorable innings in his career, as when he lost T20 World Cup to West Indies in 2016 in the final over after he got hit for four consecutive sixes by Carlos Braithwaite.
After that, he gave his shot at redemption by winning the ODI (One Day International) World cup for England in 2019 and T20 World Cup in 2022.
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