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Afridi heading to Batley for event at Mount CC.

Byline: Mel Booth Sports Editor mel.booth@examiner.co.uk

BOOM BOOM Shahid Afridi is the star guest at Batley's Mount Cricket Club this coming Sunday, May 17.

The 35-year-old all-rounder - one of the most famous cricketers ever to come out of Pakistan - will be at the Staincliffe venue during the afternoon before attending a dinner in the evening to raise funds for the Shahid Afridi Foundation.

Afridi (pictured right) is due to arrive in Batley in the morning and, at 2pm he will visit a mosque to give a talk.

From around 3pm to 5pm he will be at Mount CC to play a few games with youngsters, have photographs taken and generally socialise with everyone who is there.

The fundraising dinner is being held at the PKWA Centre in Batley and tickets are still available by contacting Yusuf Kayat on 07976 786678.

Funds will go to the Foundation, a charitable trust which was set up by Afridi - nicknamed Boom Boom because of his big-hitting batting style - to help provide basic health care and education to the people of Pakistan.

A major project is the Sahibzada Fazal Rehman Memorial and Charity Hospital in Kohat, Pakistan.

Mount CC's communications officer Dr Abdul Shaikh has been a key figure in setting up the visit.

"Shahid Afridi is internationally known throughout cricket but he wants to spread the word far and wide about the work of his Foundation, which has been set up to help the needy and the disadvantaged of Pakistan," he said.

"In addition to raising awareness of the excellent work he is doing in Pakistan, he is also wanting to raise extra funds while he is here for the infrastructure of the hospital.

"This is a great way of introducing him to more people here in this region and we are all delighted to welcome him to Batley and to Mount CC."

Afridi, who played in the recent World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, has played 27 Tests for Pakistan, once holding the record for the fastest century in 37 balls, but is probably more famous for his 398 one-day internationals and his 78 T20 internationals.

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:May 13, 2015
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