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
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… Read more