Pakistani cricket stars Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq have shown their support for children’s charity Barnardo’s while competing in the World Cup in England.
The batsmen signed two bats for Barnardo’s which will be auctioned off to help raise funds to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.
The stars heard about the charity’s work when they met Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan in London.
The pair proudly displayed Barnardo’s logo on their bats while competing in the vs England One Day International (ODI) Series in May.
In the ODI series against England, Imam scored 151 runs in the third ODI match. This was the highest individual total for a Pakistan batsman against England in a one day international.
Babar is ranked 8th among the ICC Top 100 ODI batsmen. In the ODI series against England he ended up as the joint leading runs-scorer, scoring 277 runs including a century and two half-centuries.
Babar said on Twitter he was “honoured to be supporting Barnardo’s.”
Imam also tweeted: “They do great work supporting vulnerable children from all communities across the UK.”
Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:
"As a huge cricket fan and amateur player, it was a real privilege to meet these young stars, and to tell them about how Barnardo’s supports vulnerable children across the UK.
“Barnardo’s reaches out to children from all communities who need our help.
"Around 25% of the children we support are from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds, so we’re delighted that Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq are helping raise awareness of our vital work, especially amongst the British-Pakistani community.”