The Pakistan Super League (PSL) will observe a Childhood Cancer Awareness Day as well as a Breast Cancer Awareness Day during the fifth edition of the tournament which starts from Thursday.
The Childhood Cancer Awareness Day will be observed on February 22 and the Breast Cancer Awareness Day on March 7, and on both occasions the teams, match officials and commentators will support the campaigns, said a press release issued by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which is collaborating with Indus Hospital and Pink Ribbon Pakistan on the matter.
“It is a humble contribution from the PCB in raising awareness against cancer. It is our collective responsibility to help the cause as much as possible. The PCB fully understands its corporate social responsibility and we are currently in partnerships both with the Shahid Afridi Foundation and the British Asian Trust, and will continue to support genuine causes in various sectors across the country," said PCB CEO Wasim Khan.
“Last year, both Childhood Cancer Awareness Day in Dubai and the Breast Cancer Awareness Day in Karachi were fully supported by teams, match officials, commentators as well as the fans. I am sure we will have their backing this year too and we are looking forward to February 22 and March 7. We expect the media and fans to once again help us promote the initiative while spreading the message far and wide.”
The Childhood Cancer Awareness Day was first observed in the PSL on February 15, 2019 in Dubai. The four participating teams Karachi Kings, Multan Sultans, Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators, as well as the match officials and commentators wore gold ribbons — synonymous with Childhood Cancer Awareness campaigns. The winning captains had shared their team shirts with a cancer patient.
For PSL 2020, the Childhood Cancer Awareness Day will be observed on February 22, in both Karachi and Lahore — the venues of the two league matches that day.
At the National Stadium Karachi, defending champions Quetta Gladiators take on former winners Peshawar Zalmi in a repeat of last year’s final. The day game will begin at 2pm.
Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium will then host a match between two-time champions Islamabad United and Multan Sultans. The night match will begin at 7pm.
The stumps in use for both matches will also be branded in gold, while a cancer patient will be invited at the post-match presentation ceremonies of both matches, where they will be presented a memorabilia signed shirt from the winning captains.
Childhood cancer awareness messages would be displayed on the digital screens placed at the two venues to create awareness about the disease aimed at educating the spectators.
The Breast Cancer Awareness Day was observed on March 11, 2019 at the National Stadium. Multan Sultans, Lahore Qalandars, Karachi Kings and Peshawar Zalmi were the four teams that took the field in a double-header that day.
The teams along with match officials and commentators wore pink ribbons in support of the Breast Cancer Awareness program.
For PSL 2020, the Breast Cancer Awareness Day will be observed on March 7 in both Rawalpindi and Lahore — the venues of the two league matches that day.
At the Pindi Cricket Stadium, Islamabad United will take on Peshawar Zalmi in what is expected to be an absorbing battle between the two former champions. The day game will begin at 2pm.
Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium will then host a match between Lahore Qalandars, the home side, and Gladiators in a contest which will be played under lights.
All four teams, match officials and match commentators at both venues will wear pink ribbons, synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns.
The stumps in use for both matches will also be branded pink. Breast cancer awareness messages would be displayed on the digital screens placed at the two venues for creating awareness and sharing valuable information about the disease.