ISLAMABAD:Former cricketer Azhar Mahmood will be raising money from a charity event to be held on August 19 at London to support mental health patients in South Asia from countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh,Sri Lanka, and India.
Azhar Mahmood, who has played 21 Tests for Pakistan, scoring 900 runs and taking 39 wickets, said mental health problems are taboo amongst South Asian communities and he wants to bring it to the world’s attention and that is why he chose to support this program.
“I have played cricket in all of those countries and know that mental health problems are ignored and there is very little help for patients,”Pakpassion.net quoted Azhar as saying.
Azhar, who has featured in 143 ODIs, scoring 1521 runs and taking 123 wickets between 1996 and 2007, said he was honored to be the first Pakistani player to become an ambassador of one of the Prince’s charities ‘The British
“I decided I wanted to do more via my benefit dinner and hence offer my support to the trust specifically for the mental health programmes in South Asian countries,” he said.
Azhar said the money raised on August 19 will be given to the British Asian Trust. “On the event various items will be auctioned including bats signed by the likes of Brian Lara and Sachin Tendulkar,” he said.
Azhar while thanking Surrey County Cricket Club for their support for the event said all his Surrey team mates including Yuvraj Singh will attend the event. “Saurav Ganguly, Zaheer Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Shoaib Akhtar and my former Surrey captain Adam Hollioake will also be in attendance,” he said adding Wasim Akram will also grace us with his presence.
Azhar, who has been a regular in country cricket, said that the event will be a memorable one with lots of cricketing stars present. “I hope everyone supports the event and we raise lots of money for a worthy cause,” he said.
Source : APP