Kohli’s jersey earns Rs 3 lakh for Afridi foundation


Team India captain Virat Kohli’s jersey has earned Rs 3 lakh (Euros 4,300) for the Shahid Afridi Foundation. Kohli’s one-day international blue jersey was autographed by Team India members.

The jersey along with various other memorabilia was auctioned at London on Monday. The proceeds will go to Afridi’s charity – Shahid Afridi Foundation. The foundation has shared the information in a tweet. Afridi himself was present during the auction.

Kohli had a special message for the Pakistan all-rounder. “Shahid Bhai, best wishes, always a pleasure playing against you”, he wrote. The team had presented the jersey to the former Pakistani captain during the ICC Champions Trophy as a souvenir on his retirement.

Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir and all-rounder Imad Wasim have also donated 10,000 euros (Rs 7.5 lakh) each for the foundation. Pakistan’s dunyanews.tv has reported. The foundation is raising funds to build a hospital in Thar region of Pakistan’s Sind district.

Afridi had started the foundation – a non-profit organization in Pakistan – in March 2014. It aims to provide healthcare, education and sports facilities in Pakistan and around the world. The foundation and Afridi in particular are also ambassador of Polio eradication campaigns in Pakistan. The foundation has initiated many projects including hospital in Kohat. It is also making water wells and installing hand pumps in Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, supporting schools, scholarships for students, raising funds for other hospitals and many other projects. Charity is not new to Afridi. He has also in the past been supporting and endorsing philanthropic organisations in the UK, USA, UAE and Pakistan.