AAF cricket team Pakistan tour hailed a resounding success

Posted on May 6, 2012 · Posted in News

A British cricket team have returned home following a highly acclaimed tour in Pakistan. Except for Afghanistan, they are the first International team to play in Pakistan since the Sri Lankan cricket team were attacked three years ago.

Four matches were played in five days in Lahore in temperatures exceeding 34 degrees and a dinner was very kindly hosted in their honour by the Pakistan Cricket Board. Despite losing to teams including the extremely talented Pakistan u-19s, the British team returned to the UK in high spirits having been given such a warm welcome. A ‘welcome home reception’ is also being planned by the Pakistan High Commission in London.

Team Captain Kamal Alam said “It has been a great tour and most importantly it is great for our charity – the Afghan Appeal Fund. We also feel that it builds bridges between Pakistan and England and will provide a boost to Pakistan cricket. Although we didn’t manage to win any matches, we have definitely won a few hearts and minds.”

The tour has raised £10,000 for the Afghan Appeal Fund – a charity run on a voluntary basis by British Forces families – which aims to improve the lives of the Afghan people through education. To date, the charity has built or refurbished ten schools in six Afghan provinces giving over 6,000 children the opportunity of an education.

General Sir David Richards (Chief of the Defence Staff) said “As Patron of the Afghan Appeal Fund, I am delighted that the people of Pakistan and Great Britain are drawn together in a common cause: educating the young people of Afghanistan.”

The Pakistan Press showed huge interest in the tour which received wide coverage, including Daily Times, ESPN and the PCB

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