England Test captain Ben Stokes announced on Monday that he will donate his entire match fee from the upcoming Test series against Pakistan to the country’s flood relief appeal.
England will play a Test series on Pakistani soil after a break of 17 years. They last played a Test match in Pakistan in 2005, and lost the three match series by a score of 2-0. The visitors played a seven match T20I series in the country in September and October, winning 4-3.
“It is great to be in Pakistan for the first time in this historic series. To be back here after 17 years as a Test side is very exciting. There is a sense of responsibility among the playing group and support and there is a special feeling.”
“The floods that ravaged Pakistan earlier this year were very sad, and had a huge impact on the country and the people. The game has given me so much in my life and I feel it is right to give back something that goes far beyond cricket.”
“I will be donating my match fees from this Test series to the Pakistan Flood Appeal. We hope this donation will go towards rebuilding the areas most affected by the floods in Pakistan,” Stokes wrote in his Twitter statement.
Stokes also shared a link to the Pakistan Flood Appeal, a fundraiser set up by the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) in the UK, urging people to donate in order to rebuild the lives of families affected by the devastating floods in the country that have killed more than a thousand people.
The three Tests between Pakistan and England are part of the second cycle of the ICC World Test Championship and are scheduled to take place in Rawalpindi (1-5 December), Multan (9-13 December), and Karachi (17-21 December).
England’s men’s and women’s teams were due to visit Pakistan last year for the white ball matches, but withdrew shortly after New Zealand abandoned their tour before their first international match began in Rawalpindi, citing security reasons.
The upcoming Tests against England is Pakistan’s fifth series in the current WTC tournament – and their final series will be the two Tests against New Zealand at home in December 2022 and January 2023.
These three Tests would be England’s final appearance in the second edition of the World Test Championship, where they finished seventh to Pakistan’s fifth in the table.