Lahore, July 9 (IANS) The Pakistan cricket team, which is currently in England to play three Tests and as many T20Is in August and September, will be having the logo of Shahid Afridi Foundation on their playing kits.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has been reportedly struggling to find a sponsor for the side after their last sponsorship contract with a beverage company expired recently.
“We’re delighted that the Shahid Afridi Foundation logo will be featured on the Pakistan playing kits, since we are charity partners to Pakistan Cricket Board. Thanking WasimKhan & the PCB for their continued support & wishing our boys all the very best with the tour #HopeNotOut,” Afridi said in a tweet.
Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq further said that along with the Shahid Afridi Foundation logo, a couple of sponsor’s logos would be there on the kits of the players during the England tour.
“The Shahid Afridi Foundation logo will appear on the Pakistan kit for the tour of England, together with a couple of sponsor’s logos,” Sadiq tweeted.
According to a report in Cricket Pakistan, only one company has shown interest during the recent bidding process put forward by the PCB for the sponsorship. It added that the company has valued the deal at only 30 per cent as compared to the previous contract.
The opening Test between England and Pakistan is scheduled to be played at the Old Trafford, Manchester, from August 5-9, which will be followed by back to back Tests at the Ageas Bowl, Southampton, from August 13-17 and August 21-25.
The action will then return to Manchester as Old Trafford will be the venue for three T20Is, which will be played on August 28 and 30 and September 1.