Home > News >

Pakistan’s Azhar Mahmood becomes ambassador of charity inspired by Prince Charles

Azhar Mahmood said supporting charitable projects has always been important to him © Getty Images
Azhar Mahmood said supporting charitable projects has always been important to him © Getty Images

London: Jun 12, 2014

Pakistan cricketer Azhar Mahmood has been honoured by a leading Anglo-Asian charity setup at the suggestion of Britain’s Prince Charles. All-rounder Mahmood has become an official ambassador of the British Asian Trust, the first Pakistani cricketer to be given such an appointment.

He joins fellow cricketers in India‘s Rahul Dravid and Sri Lanka‘s Muttiah Muralitharan in supporting the work of the Trust, which was set up at the suggestion of Prince Charles — the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II and heir to the British throne — in 2007 to help disadvantaged people across South Asia.

“Supporting charitable projects has always been important to me, wherever I have played,” said Mahmood in a statement.

“But it is through the British Asian Trust that I am looking forward to getting involved in the very best work being done across South Asia, tackling the most difficult issues, and achieving incredible things,” added Mahmood, who has played for teams right across the sub-continent.

Since its creation, the Trust has supporting 30 ‘high impact’ charities facilitating access to livelihoods, education and health and reckons to have touched the lives of over a million people.

The Trust also has a long standing association with cricket having been launched through the Future Friendship Cup between India and Pakistan in July 2007.

Hitan Mehta, the Trust’s executive director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Azhar Mahmood to the British Asian Trust family. He is one of the finest all-round cricketers of his generation, having achieved great success both internationally and at county level here in the UK.

“Azhar joins as a unique ambassador having played across South Asia and his support for the Trust’s work will be invaluable.”

The 39-year-old Mahmood, who has appeared for teams across the sub-continent, is currently based in London where he plays for Surrey. He played 21 Tests for Pakistan, scoring 900 runs and taking 39 wickets, as well as featuring in 143 One-Day Internationals (ODI), scoring 1,521 runs and taking 123 wickets between 1996 and 2007.

A hard-hitting batsman and canny seam bowler, Mahmood has since become one of a select group of truly globetrotting ‘freelance’ cricketers playing in a variety of Twenty20 competitions such as the Indian Premier League (IPL), Australia’s Big Bash League, the Bangladesh League and the Caribbean Premier League.

Among the teams Mahmood has represented are the Auckland Aces, Barbados Tridents, Barisal Burners, Dhaka Gladiators, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Kent.

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Centurion

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014 (16:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 14, 2014  at Sharjah

Pakistan won by 147 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 13, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 90 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 12, 2014  at Sharjah

New Zealand won by 4 wkts

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Josh Hazlewood looks back at his 5-wicket haul

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Key clashes

Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 3 at Centurion: Samuels and Chanderpaul rebuild for West Indies

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: India reach 71/1 at stumps

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi Preview: Teams prepare for high-octane finale

Anil Kumble Australia India Ishant Sharma Moments in history Ravichandran Ashwin Ricky Ponting South Africa

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Visitors set 276-run target

South Africa skittle out West Indies for 201 at Centurion on Day 3

India vs Australia 2014, 2nd Test at Brisbane Day 3: Visitors leaked too many runs, feels Umesh Yadav

Kane Williamson out on 97; New Zealand 202/3 vs Pakistan

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Shane Bond named among Kiwi reserve players

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India’s tail ought to take leaf out of Australian tail’s book

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: India’s pathetic bowling performance, Mitchell Johnson’s onslaught and other highlights

India’s inability to dismiss Australia’s tail can have huge impact

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: New Zealand likely XI

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Pakistan likely XI

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here