Cricket is Afghanistan’s main sport and the only sport not to be banned by the Taliban. In 2010, Kamal Alam set up the Lord Richards/Afghan Appeal Fund cricket team and started an annual fundraising cricket day at Burton’s Court, The Royal Hospital Chelsea. In 2012 the team were the first International XI to tour Pakistan since the Sri Lankan team were attacked there in 2009, and raised £10,000 for the AAF. In 2013, 2014 and 2016 Lord Richards’ XI lost out to Freshfields in the final of the AAF Day of Cricket. Team members in the past have included England players Chris Tremlett and Izzy Westbury.
AAF Cricket 2016 – Royal Military Academy Sandhurst
Sunday 10th July saw the Pakistan High Commission in London play teams from Sandhurst, the London law firm Freshfields and an eleven presided over by Baron Richards of Herstmonceux GCB, CBE, DSO, DL, ADC — otherwise known as Lord Richards and the latest in a long line of British Generals to find Afghanistan a rather more challenging proposition than he might have hoped… Full write up
SANDHURST: The relationship between sport and empire is well established. In 1892, Sir Henry John Newbolt wrote Vitai Lampada or the The Torch of Life. It described how boys playing cricket in schools like Eton (in fact, Newbolt was referring to a rival school, Clifton College) were taught to prepare for life in imperial service. As a boy, he plays the game: There’s a breathless hush in the Close tonight—… Read more
The weather on Sunday was perfect for the fourth Afghan Appeal Fund cricket match and was our most successful year yet – with a record turnout and over £7,000 raised for our work in Afghanistan. Kemal Alam gives an account of the day below, “The Guards fought valiantly against Freshfields in the first match of the day, with Ebrahim Saeed bowling brilliantly and Magoo Giles and Giles Harris knocking up the runs…. Read more
Sunday saw the third Afghan Appeal Fund ‘Day of Cricket’ at the magnificent Burton Court by kind permission of General Peter Currie and the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, with teams from AAF, Freshfields, Army Wanderers and Eton College competing. General Sir Peter Wall, Chief of the General Staff played for newcomers Army Wanderers and explained why he was supporting the charity: “We’re all very grateful for what the Afghan Appeal Fund… Read more
A new team has joined the line up for the Afghan Appeal Fund Day of Cricket at Burton’s Court in June. The Army Wanderers XI hope to snatch the cup from 2012 winners Eton College when they take part in this year’s match. Team captain Lt Col Matt Bazeley said “the Army Wanderers Team are really looking forward to joining the Afghan Appeal Fund Day of Cricket in what I am sure will… Read more
Burton’s Court was again the venue for a rematch of the Afghan Appeal Fund ‘Day of Cricket’. With a small miracle regarding the sun, the day was a great success. We are very grateful to all those who turned up to support us. The first game was a close run thing which went down to the last ball – AAF XI batted first and scored 129 beating Freshfields by only… Read more