The unveiling of the shirt was held in Lahore where the services of the ailing Edhi were praised by Pakistan Cricket Board officials and members of the cricket team.
“As part of the arrangement, the Pakistan cricket team will be seen sporting Edhi Foundation’s logo on the playing shirts for the ODI and T20 leg of its upcoming tour of England and Ireland. This partnership honours the services of the great humanitarian Abdul Sattar Edhi, inarguably one of the world’s most selfless philanthropists,” said a PCB release.
Sharing his thoughts on this partnership, Chairman PCB Shaharyar M. Khan said: “We feel honoured to associate ourselves with the work of such a great human being. PCB is cognisant of its responsibility to give back to the society and this is a continuation of our policy to support and promote such initiatives.”
Chairman PSL and Chairman PCB Executive Committee, Najam Sethi, also spoke at the occasion. “In the past one year, PCB has tried to be more aware of its social responsibility. We started with the labour camp activations during the Pakistan – England series in the UAE where we reached out to over 100,000 Pakistani labourers working in testing conditions. Today, we are proud of our association with the Edhi Foundation,” said Sethi.
Saad Edhi, Trustee of the Edhi Foundation and grandson of Abdul Sattar Edhi was present on behalf of the Edhi Foundation. “On behalf of the Edhi Foundation, I would like to thank the Pakistan Cricket Board for its support to our cause. Seeing our cricketers sporting the Edhi Foundation logo on their kits will raise great awareness on a global platform,” he said.
Chairman PCB presented a cheque of Rs 0.5 million to Edhi Foundation. On behalf of PSL, Najam Sethi handed out a cheque of Rs 0.5 million for Edhi Foundation.
Acknowledging the services of Edhi Foundation for the welfare of humanity, Jahanzaib Khan, Vice President and General Manager Pepsi Cola International presented a cheque of Rs 1 million.
As a mark of respect for Abdul Sattar Edhi, Misbah ul Haq, Azhar Ali, and Sarfaraz Ahmed presented the official Pakistan ODI and T20 jersey to Saad Edhi on behalf of the Pakistan cricket team. The team also donated a signed bat to be given away in an auction for the benefit of Edhi Foundation.
Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq said the logo will help establishing the name of Edhi.
“People who live abroad will know what a great social worker lives in Pakistan and that will also help raise more funds,” said Misbah.
Senior batsman Mohammad Hafeez also praised Edhi and prayed for his long life.