AAF Cricket Team on Pakistan tour 2012

Lord Richards XI

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 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. Team members in the past have included England players Chris Tremlett and Isabelle Westbury.

2019 sees our fifth ‘Day of Cricket’ held jointly with Afghan Connection on Sunday 22 September at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.  More details here…

AAF Day of Cricket 2019

Posted on March 6, 2019 · Posted in Events

Come and support the Afghan Appeal Fund and Afghan Connection at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst on Sunday 22 September 2019 for what promises to be another entertaining Day of Cricket. We are delighted to have the Authors XI joining us for the first time this year. Have a look at the fabulous write up of the last event from Owen Bennett-Jones… Tickets are just £15 including lunch (children under… Read more

Play the Game – AAF cricket match 2016

Posted on July 12, 2016 · Posted in News

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


Sun shines on fourth AAF cricket match

Posted on July 9, 2014 · Posted in News

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

wanderers in bat

Third ‘Day of Cricket’ a resounding success

Posted on June 19, 2013 · Posted in News

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

AAF Cricket with CDS & CGS

New line up for AAF Day of Cricket

Posted on May 12, 2013 · Posted in News

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

Afghan Appeal Fund cricket at Burton's Court