Cricket is not called the handsome game for all. A professional career should be made up of two phases in the first should go in accumulating wealth, and the second to use that wealth for charitable purposes.
When we see only one side of the cricketers on the field which is aggressive and intense we miss out on their off field social service.
Here we listed the 5 most kind hearted cricketers:
Few cricketers have done for the lesser-privileged sections of the society more than what Imran has done. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust is a state-of-the-art charitable organisation in the name and memory of his mother providing free medical care for thousands since inception in 1994. Imran established Pakistan’s first and only cancer hospital in his mother’s honour by raising donations exceeding $25 million from all over the world. The institution has spent over Rs. 12 billion supporting thousands of poor cancer patients.
Following in the footsteps of Imran Khan, Shahid Afridi established a charitable trust with the objective to provide basic healthcare and education to the people of Pakistan. The Shahid Afridi Foundation was established in March 2014 and the core concept behind it is: Charity laced with absolute philanthropy. The hospital caters to the underprivileged people of Kohat, with little or no means to basic medical healthcare. It’s a maternity hospital in Tangi Banda, Kohat, which provides free treatment, medicines and care for patients. It has just completed its first phase of development, with around 16 beds at the moment, and has major expansion plans.
If there is one Indian cricket who has taken to focused charity in a big way, it is Yuvraj Singh. Following his battle with cancer, Yuvraj formed the “YouWeCan”, an initiative of the Yuvraj Singh Foundation, to tackle cancer early. The aim of the initiative is twofold: To create awareness and eradicate the socio- psychological stigma attached with cancer and provide mobile cancer examination stations within the reach of masses with a view to make routine check- ups a habit.
Humility personified is Sachin Tendulkar for you. The cricketing legend prefers to do things quietly. But what is well established in the public domain is the fact that he is a huge supporter of Apnalaya, an NGO which is close to his mother-in-law, Annabel. She has dedicated four decades of her life to Apnalaya and is now the NGO’s president. Tendulkar sponsors about 200 under-privileged children every year through Apnalaya. In 2011, he raised a corpus fund of 1.35 crore to help more than 300 kids in their treatment and recovery from cancer.
The Ponting Foundation is yet another effort by a cricketer to help families beat cancer. It was in 2002 a good friend invited Ponting to the Children’s Cancer Institute Australia (CCIA) to visit the Sydney Children’s Hospital and meet the children and their families in the oncology ward. The Foundation also funds programs that assist in the care and well-being of the wider family unit as they support their child through their illness.