Why Cricket Sensation Rashid Khan Won't Pocket His World Cup Earnings

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Why Cricket Sensation Rashid Khan Won’t Pocket His World Cup Earnings

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Afghan cricket sensation Rashid Khan has made a heartfelt pledge to donate all his match fees earned during the 2023 Cricket World Cup in India to aid victims of a devastating earthquake that struck his homeland. The Taliban administration has reported a staggering death toll of 2,445 people following two powerful earthquakes that struck Afghanistan over the weekend.

Rashid Khan, who is known as Afghanistan’s highest-paid player and represents the Adelaide Strikers in Australia’s Big Bash League, has expressed his intention to initiate a fundraising campaign to provide assistance to those impacted by this tragic event.

In a statement shared on his Instagram and other platforms, Khan expressed his deep sadness over the earthquake’s consequences, particularly in the western provinces of Herat, Farah, and Badghis. He affirmed his commitment by stating, “I am donating all of my #CWC23 match fees to help the affected people. Soon, we will be launching a fundraising campaign to call upon those who can support the people in need.”

These earthquakes mark the deadliest seismic activity in Afghanistan in years. According to Janan Sayeeq, spokesman for the Ministry of Disasters, the death toll has risen to 2,445, with more than 2,000 reported injuries. Additionally, 1,320 houses have been damaged or destroyed.

The rapid increase in casualties, as reported by the Red Crescent and officials, underscores the dire need for immediate assistance. Rescue teams are working tirelessly in the affected province, which shares a border with Iran.

Dr. Danish, an official from the Herat health department, revealed that over 200 deceased individuals, predominantly women and children, had been transported to various hospitals. Urgent necessities such as food, clean drinking water, medicine, clothing, and shelter are in high demand for rescue and relief efforts, as emphasized by Suhail Shaheen, head of the Taliban’s political office in Qatar.

Afghanistan’s healthcare system, which relies heavily on foreign aid, has faced severe cuts in the two years since the Taliban assumed control. This catastrophic situation is exacerbated by the cessation of most other forms of international assistance, which previously underpinned the country’s economy.

Reference:

https://www.bdcrictime.com/rashid-khan-to-donate-world-cup-match-money-to-afghan-earthquake-victims

https://www.businesstoday.in/amp/latest/trends/story/rashid-khan-to-donate-world-cup-2023-match-fees-to-earthquake-hit-afghans-401127-2023-10-08

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