The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Sunday that gate receipts from the first T20I against England would be donated to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund to assist victims of the ongoing flooding across Pakistan caused by relentless rains.
In a statement issued by the PCB, Chairman Ramiz Raja urged cricket fans and followers to support the initiative by purchasing tickets for the first match.
He urged the nation to buy tickets in large numbers when they go on sale online next week, so that a significant amount can be donated to the fund and support disaster victims.
On September 20, the match will be played at Karachi’s National Stadium.
“We at the PCB express our grief and sorrow for all those affected by the extreme monsoon rainfall and floods, which have caused havoc and devastation beyond imagination, killing over 1,000 people and displacing around a million,” Raja said, adding that the PCB stands firmly with the victims and all those involved in flood relief and rescue operations.
“We have decided to donate gate proceeds from the first T20I against England next month to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund,” he said, urging fans to show their support for those affected by the disaster.
The PCB also stated that it has already dispatched trucks containing food, medicines, and other supplies to flood-affected areas.
“We will continue to assist our country and rescue teams in any way we can. Our hearts and prayers continue to be with the people of Pakistan “
After 17 years, England will return to Pakistan next month. The teams will play seven Twenty20 Internationals.
Karachi will host games on September 20, 22, 23, and 25, while Lahore will host the final three games on September 28 and 30, as well as October 2.
Later in November, England will return for three Tests in Rawalpindi from December 1 to 5, Multan from December 9 to 13, and Karachi from December 17 to 21.