The 19-year-old said the bat was memorable to him as he had used it when hitting 2 sixes off the last 2 balls in a pulsating must-win match against Afghanistan in the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup. Batting at No. 11, Naseem stunned the Afghanistan side by hitting consecutive sixes off left-arm pacer Fazalhaq Farooqi as Pakistan got past the finish line in a low-scoring thriller to book their place in the final.
Taking to Twitter, the pacer said in a video, “This bat is very precious for me but [keeping in view] the situation in the wake of floods in Pakistan, I am giving it to Shahid Afridi Foundation because Lala always helps the destitute and deserving people whenever there is a hard time.”
Notably, the bat that Naseem Shah used for the Super 4 match against Afghanistan was given to him by fellow pacer Mohammad Hasnain. In a video shared by the Pakistan Cricket Board earlier in September, Hasnain had given the nod to Naseem to put the bat up for auction.
Naseem Shah urges Afridi to extend help to flood-hit victims in his hometown
Naseem also urged Afridi to help those affected in his hometown as well. The young pacer will next be in action when Pakistan square off against England, who have arrived in the Asian for the first time in 17 years, for a 7-match T20I series, starting September 20.
Pakistan’s death toll due to the floods neared 1,500 as of September 15, according to news agency Reuters. The floods brought by record monsoon rains and glacial melt in northern mountains have hit 33 million of a population of 220 million, sweeping away homes, transport, crops and livestock in damage estimated at USD 30 billion.