Shahid Afridi thanks ICC for giving him the opportunity of contributing to cricket relief cause
Shahid Afridi received the Guard of Honour to commemorate his farewell to international career in cricket.
Updated - Jun 1, 2018 1:56 pm
Shahid Afridi played his last international match for the World XI team during an exhibition fixture against West Indies XI yesterday to help raise funds for the refurbishment of five cricket stadia in the Carribean damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria. While the Pakistan stalwart bid farewell to his international career, he did so with a wonderful gesture.
Afridi, who took one wicket and scored 11 runs in the match, also announced a generous donation of 20000$ for the cause with his foundation ‘Hope Not Out’ after the conclusion of the match, which roughly translates to INR 13,49,300.
The 38-year-old later took to his Twitter handle to declare his contribution as he wrote “Thank you ICC for providing me the opportunity of contributing to #CricketRelief cause. It was a real honour for me and a memory I’ll cherish for long. On behalf of my Foundation I’m making a donation 20000$ for the Hurricane victims in Caribbean. #HopeNotOut.”
You can see the Tweet below
Thank you ICC for providing me the opportunity of contributing to #CricketRelief cause. It was a real honour for me and a memory I'll cherish for long. On behalf of my Foundation I'm making a donation 20000$ for the Hurricane victims in Caribbean. #HopeNotOut
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) May 31, 2018
Shahid Afridi was also given the Guard of Honour during the T20I match at the iconic Lord’s to commemorate his farewell to his international career in cricket. With a rich career of 11,196 runs, 541 wickets, the former Pakistan captain eventually pulled curtains on his illustrious career.
Afridi, who featured in his last ever international match at the event, saw his team suffer a big defeat at the hands of Windies. He was bestowed with the responsibility of leading the World XI after England’s Eoin Morgan pulled out of the match because of a fractured finger.
It was an all-round effort by Windies that saw them rule the shortest format of the game once again. Evin Lewis was the top-scoring batsman for the winning side while Dinesh Ramdin and Marlon Samuels also contributed with the bat. Rashid Khan was the pick of the bowlers for World XI who saw their batsmen falter in the chase despite Thisara Perera scoring a valiant 61.