England’s star all-rounder and current Test captain Ben Stokes has announced to donate his match fees for all three matches of the historic Test series against Pakistan to the flood victims of the host country.
Millions of people in Pakistan have been hit by catastrophic flooding in recent months, with officials in the Asian country estimating that the damage from torrential monsoon rains that killed over 1,000 people is worth more than $40 billion.
“There is a sense of responsibility amongst the playing and support group and to be here is special,” Stokes wrote on his social media handle. “The floods that devastated Pakistan earlier this year was very sad to see and has had a significant impact on the country and the people.”
The monsoon season in Pakistan experienced the most catastrophic flooding, leaving numerous people homeless. Floods have sometimes severely damaged or destroyed public infrastructure including schools.
The floods devastated each of the country’s four regions, wreaking tremendous devastation.
Ben Stokes stated that he was “thrilled” to be back in the nation as a Test squad after 17 years and that the series was “historic.”
PM Shehbaz Sharif said in a Twitter message, “We appreciate the kind gesture of England Captain Ben Stokes donating his fees of entire Test series for flood victims of Pakistan. Empathy for suffering humanity is the greatest of all virtues. His gesture epitomises the great British tradition of philanthropy.”
We appreciate the kind gesture of England Captain Ben Stokes donating his fees of entire Test series for flood victims of Pakistan. Empathy for suffering humanity is the greatest of all virtues. His gesture epitomises the great British tradition of philanthropy. 🇵🇰 🇬🇧
— Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 28, 2022
Pakistan’s former skipper Shahid Afridi Monday extended a warm welcome to England’s cricket team on their arrival to Pakistan to play a Test series after 17 years.
Afridi took to his Twitter handle to welcome the English squad, particularly their skipper Ben Strokes who announced to donate his match fees from the three-match Test series against Pakistan to the country’s flood appeal.
“Warm welcome to @englandcricket on their arrival to [Pakistan] after 17 long years. Much respect to Ben Stokes for this gesture for flood victims, you are a true ambassador of our sport, May others be inspired through this,” Pakistan’s veteran cricketer wrote quote-tweeting Stokes’ tweet.
Warm welcome to @englandcricket on their arrival to 🇵🇰 after 17 long years. Much respect to @benstokes38 for this gesture for flood victims, you are a true ambassador of our sport, May others be inspired through this. Looking forward to good cricket during #PakvsEng all the best https://t.co/uc16Oo9qb0
— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) November 28, 2022
Ben has surely won our hearts with his generosity.