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Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi will hold a charity Twenty20 match to help almost half a million refugees that were displaced by a military operation in the northwest region of the country.
The match will be held in Lahore and all the funds will go to Afridi’s charity foundation, which has already built a 16-bed maternity hospital in Tangi Banda village. The village is located near the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Afridi added that he named the hospital after his father, Fazlur Rehman, and got the idea from former Pakistan captain Imran Khan, who runs a hospital dedicated to treating cancer patients.
“I am in talks with the authorities and will soon announce a Twenty20 match in Lahore to raise funds,” Afridi said. “I want to return to my country what it has given me, with an aim to serve my people.”
Afridi also noted that he wants to start promoting sports and education in order to help children avoid becoming influenced by Islamic extremists.
“The youth in remote areas have no education,” he said. “If we educate them then they can be more helpful for the country.”