Dennis and KheloKricket help raise over Rs1 million for girl cricketers

Australian journalist, Dennis Freedman, teamed up with KheloKricket to raise over Rs1 million for girl cricketers in Karachi

Amidst the PSL fanfare, something incredible happened in Karachi. 

Australian journalist and social media star, Dennis Freedman, joined Pakistani men and women cricketers to play a match at the Karachi Gymkhana Cricket ground for the first time in its 134-year history.

Together, they raised funds of more than Rs1 million to provide school girls cricket equipment and resources to fulfill their dream of becoming cricketers.

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The cricket match, held on February 21, was organized by KheloKricket which teamed up with Dennis Freedman to support the school girls.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of today, to give back to a country I have fallen in love with and above all to be able to create some form of positive impact for the girls and the sport we all love,” said Dennis as he had tears in his eyes.

The founder of KheloKricket, Hadeel Obaid, said: “I see a positive trend, an uptick of acceptance in women in sports and we hope to build on that momentum and keep it going.”

National team players Maham Tariq and Kainat Imtiaz said that events like these would encourage more women to adopt sports as a profession. 

The initiative was also supported by FemGames, a UK-based organization focused on increasing female participation in sports, and sports management company Magnus Sports.

The match was played between Karachi Gymkhana and Super Daddy Cricket Club. Batting first, Azhar Khan and Arsalan Malik got Gymkhana to a fiery start. Later, Hafsa Khalid consolidated the innings with her 42 from 41 deliveries. Gymkhana managed to put a total of 194 on the board. 

Super Daddy Cricket Club’s batsmen started off with a steady start. Dennis Freedman, batting at No. 4, made 10 solid runs from 10 deliveries. However, the middle order lost its way through the chase as Maham Tariq and Soha Baig tore through the opposition. In the end, Super Daddy CC could only post 153 on the board by the end of the second innings. Karachi Gymkhana won the match by 40 runs.

Salma Khan
Salma writes on topics ranging from education to technology to business. She can be reached at Twitter and Facebook.

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