England's Stokes to donate match fees from Pakistan series to flood victims

The England captain said that to be back in Pakistan after 17 years as a Test side is very exciting and special for him and there is a 'sense of responsibility amongst the playing and support group'

Published : 28 Nov 2022, 12:28 PM
Updated : 28 Nov 2022, 12:28 PM

England captain Ben Stokes will donate his match fees from their three-Test series against hosts Pakistan to help the victims of devastating floods in the country, the 31-year-old said in a statement on Monday.

Millions of people in Pakistan have had their lives affected by severe flooding in recent months, with officials in the Asian nation estimating damage from torrential monsoon rains that have killed over 1,000 people at more than $40 billion.

"To be back here after 17 years as a Test side is very exciting. There is a sense of responsibility amongst the playing and support group and to be here is special," Stokes said.

"The floods that devastated Pakistan earlier this year was very sad to see and has had significant impact on the country and the people.

"The game has given me a lot in my life and I feel it's only right to give something back that goes far beyond cricket. I will be donating my match fees from this Test series to the Pakistan flood appeal."

The first Test starts in Rawalpindi on Thursday and England will be without fast bowler Mark Wood, who is nursing a hip injury that ruled him out of the Twenty20 World Cup semi-final and final in Australia this month.

"Mark's not going to make the first Test squad unfortunately because of his injury," head coach Brendon McCullum said.

"We expect him to be ready for the second Test and otherwise we've got a full squad to pick from."