UNHCR and Peshawar Zalmi unveil collaboration in anticipation of Pakistan Super League Season 9
Islamabad: Ahead of the commencement of the Pakistan Super League Season 9 on February 17th, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has disclosed a collaboration with Peshawar Zalmi to advocate for the refugee cause through cricket in Pakistan.
Peshawar Zalmi, a prominent franchise in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) cricket championship since its inception in 2015, will join hands with UNHCR to spotlight refugee issues during one of the nation’s most beloved cricketing events.
As part of this partnership, Peshawar Zalmi will prominently display the UNHCR emblem on their jerseys, symbolizing a tangible commitment to the cause. Mian Abbas, the Chief Operating Officer of Peshawar Zalmi, along with cricketer Mohammad Haris, presented the official jersey of Peshawar Zalmi to UNHCR’s Representative in Pakistan, Philippa Candler.
Speaking on behalf of Javed Afridi, the owner of Peshawar Zalmi, Mian Abbas emphasized the plight of millions of people worldwide forced into displacement due to war and conflict. He affirmed Peshawar Zalmi’s dedication to partnering with UNHCR in conducting an awareness campaign during the Pakistan Super League.
Highlighting the significance of this collaboration, Abbas quoted Javed Afridi, stating, “Teaming up with a humanitarian organization such as UNHCR will enable us to utilize our platform to address global challenges and rally support for a more significant humanitarian impact.”
In response, Candler lauded Peshawar Zalmi’s unwavering commitment to the refugee cause, emphasizing that featuring UNHCR’s logo on their jerseys showcases their dedication to raising awareness and providing support to those in need.
She further emphasized the unifying power of sports in fostering understanding of humanitarian issues across borders and cultures. Candler extended her best wishes to Peshawar Zalmi for Season 9 of the Pakistan Super League.
Pakistan has remained a generous host to refugees for over four decades, reflecting the country’s enduring commitment to humanitarian principles.