Popular cricketer Shahid Afridi has expressed deep distress over the situation of disabled cricketer Arif Richard. Arif Richard represents Pakistan disabled cricket team in international events. Poverty-stricken, Arif Richard, member of Pakistan disabled cricket team has left been with no other option but to clean streets of Karachi, in order to make both ends meet.
Media reports reveal that Shahid Afridi taking notice of the quandary of Arif Richard said that he felt disappointed that a cricketer had to clean streets in order to make both ends meet. He expressed a desire to meet disabled cricketer Arif Richard in person. He said that it was a shame that Arif had to take up job of a sweeper in order to survive. Shahid Afridi said that the government must help Arif Richard.
Shahid Afridi said that he will extend all possible help to Arif Richard in his personal capacity, adding that he would invite Arif Richard to his academy. He stated that he intends to appoint him as a coach at his academy. Shahid Afridi said that we must honor naturally talented sports persons.
Arif Richard plays as an opening batsman for Pakistan Disabled Cricket team, representing Pakistan in matches against international teams like India, Bangladesh, England and Afghanistan. Disabled cricketer feels heart-wrenched over being disregarded by the government. He sweeps streets of Karachi, earning a petty amount of 150 rupees or even less on daily basis.
Arif Richard is impoverished and marooned as none of the concerned authorities have tried to succor him. He said that he has been forsaken and the government must take notice of his quandary.
Talking to media, Arif revealed that at times he manages to earn only 70, 80, 90 rupees after a whole day’s hard-work. He also told that despite that fact that he plays international matches but since he is jobless, he has to earn money by sweeping the streets. Richard has been playing for Pakistan, since ten years.