Pak flood victims get relief fund from PCB
The Pakistan Cricket Board has donated Rs 10 million to the Prime Minister's relief fund for the victims of the floods that have ravaged the country.world Updated: Aug 17, 2010 10:54 IST
The Pakistan Cricket Board has donated Rs 10 million to the Prime Minister's relief fund for the victims of the floods that have ravaged the country.
The board said the amount has been given to President Asif Zardari for the relief fund.
President Zardari is also the chief patron of the PCB and there are reports there is growing pressure on him to make changes in the board following the national team's dismal show in England.
But a PCB official said that the amount donated by PCB staff and members of the national team from their individual earnings was the start of a campaign by the board to help the flood victims.
"Millions have been displaced by the floods and we are also trying to organise an exhibition match in England between Pakistan eleven and international eleven to raise more funds," he said.
Sources said the board was already in touch with the England and Wales Cricket Board and with the Dubai Sports City to seek help towards organising the exhibition match.
"Abdul Rehman Bukhatir of the Dubai sports city has always been a huge patron of Pakistan cricket and he is also keen to help the board organize this flood relief match," one source said.
The PCB official said details of the match, including dates and possible teams, would be finalised in a few days time after the PCB gets clearance from the home board for the match.
"We want to help the government in the rehabilitation process of the people displaced by the floods," he said.
Pakistan's one-day captain Shahid Afridi has also been active in visiting the flood affected areas to raise funds for the victims.