Karachi. The Pakistan team will wear a special jersey to spread awareness about the devastation caused by the floods in the country. Ahead of the first T20 match on Tuesday, the cricketers of Pakistan and England have issued special messages. In a video message released on Monday, a day before the match, players have appealed to as many people as possible to come to the stadium to watch the match, so that the ticket money can be used for relief from floods. This is England’s first tour of Pakistan since 2005, beginning in Karachi, which will host four matches. The remaining three matches will be played in Lahore from September 28 to October 2. Butler is with the team and is undergoing rehabilitation.
Pakistan has been in the grip of severe floods since mid-June and 1,545 people have died and thousands have been injured due to flood-related incidents. 3.3 crore people have been affected due to the floods while thousands have been rendered homeless. After the disaster, doctors and medical workers are battling an increase in waterborne diseases and other infections and are busy treating patients. Along with this, medicines, food items and tents are being distributed to the people displaced by the floods. However, in the last three days, not a single death has been reported from the floods.
Earlier on September 15, England captain Jos Buttler had expressed hope that the upcoming T20I series with Pakistan would go a long way in boosting the enthusiasm of millions of people affected by the devastating floods in the country. Butler had said, ‘It is a difficult time that the people of Pakistan are facing floods.’ He had said, ‘As a team we are donating some amount. The board (England and Wales Cricket Board) will also give the same amount. This is a small effort to help the needy people. Hopefully we will be able to increase the enthusiasm of the people by playing exciting cricket.
Pakistan team will be wearing a special jersey to raise awareness about the devastation that the floods have caused in the country. Here are special messages from the Pakistan and England cricketers ahead of the first T20I tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/es2djYOQUo
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Most of the England players, including Butler, are touring Pakistan for the first time. Alex Hales, Moeen Ali and Liam Dawson, who returned to the team, have however participated in the Pakistan Super League. Ben Stokes, Chris Jordan and Liam Livingstone have pulled out of this tour, but these players are part of England’s T20 World Cup squad.
FIRST PUBLISHED : September 20, 2022, 08:23 IST