England Test captain Ben Stokes on Monday announced that he has pledged to donate his match fees from the entire Test series to the Pakistan flood appeal. England are in Pakistan to play a Test series for the first time in 17 years and ahead of the first Test, Stokes took to social media to announce, “I’m donating my match fees from this Test series to the Pakistan Flood appeal.”
“It is great to be in Pakistan for the first time for this historic series. To be back here after 17 years as a Test side is very exciting. There is a sense of responsibility amongst the playing and support group and to be there is special,” Stokes’ Twitter statement read.
“The floods that devastated Pakistan earlier this year was very sad to see and has had a significant impact on the country and the people,” he added.
Further in his statement, Stokes said: “The game has given me a lot in my life and I feel it’s only right to give something back that goes far beyond cricket. I will be donating my match fees from this Test series to the Pakistan flood appeal.”
“Hopefully this donation can go towards the rebuilding of areas of Pakistan most affected by the flooding,” he added.
The three-match series – part of the World Test championship – starts in Rawalpindi on December 1 with the second Test in Multan (December 9-13) and the third in Karachi (December 17-21).