Karach: Former Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan has donated his bat with which he crossed 10,000-run mark in Test cricket, as well as the Award money of Rs. 10 million he received from the Prime Minister to The Citizen Foundation (TCF).
The 40-year-old revealed he had earlier decided that whenever he reaches 10,000 runs, he would auction his bat to the organisation. Younis also donated Rs. 10 million, which he as well as each member of the Pakistan squad received for winning Champions Trophy.
In a reception held by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after returning of the cricket team with the winning Champions trophy, each squad member of the team was awarded Rs. 10 million. “I had promised TCF that whenever I score 10,000 runs, I will donate the bat to them and here I am fulfilling my promise. I have also decided to donate the Rs. 10 million to TCF announced by the PM as soon as I receive them,” the Express Tribune quoted Younis, as saying.
While speaking at a ceremony where he donated his bat, Younis said that he was ecstatic to contribute to the TCF’s mission of educating children. “I am happy to be associated with the TCF for the good cause of education, as nations thrive through education. We all should work for this cause to whatever extent we can. A single person’s kindness can do wonders for the children,” he said.
Revealing plans about his future association with cricket, Younis said that he is looking forward to work with and for people who know how to respect an individual. “I have decided to work where giving respect is a norm. 10,000 runs are not scored in the air; there is a hard behind it. It is a product of more than 30 years. I don’t ask for money to go to any event; I came here for free and will continue doing charity work in future,” he added.
In April, Younis became the first Pakistani cricketer and 13th in the history of Test cricket to cross the 10,000-run landmark during a Test series against West Indies.