We’re delighted to announce that Stani Army’s very own Mr Pakistan has won the race to become MoneyGram’s Ultimate Cricket fan, winning a trip to the cricket World Cup due to be held in Australia and New Zealand next year.
Last month, we asked you, the fans, to help out by casting your vote and just as expected, your votes and prayers from all around the world have come through to really make the difference.
A message from Mr Pakistan:
“A big big thank you to everyone that voted and also went out of their way and got their friends and family members to vote for me, including both fans of Pakistan and fans of other teams. There’s no way I could have done it without you. I would like to extend my commiserations to all the other contenders I came up against in this competition, all of them fantastic cricket supporters who I am sure do their nations proud.”
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank MoneyGram for putting up an excellent prize for their great competition. I would urge fans to look out for MoneyGram’s future cricket competitions. And lastly, again, to everyone who gave me their vote, I know I can’t give you anything back right now, but I will not forget your great support.”
With an unwavering love for his nation, for years now Mr Pakistan has travelled the world supporting our cricket team win, lose or draw. He has also been involved in a number of charity initiatives for the people of Pakistan as fans of Stani Army will know. Good things come to good people and I’m sure we can all agree that winning this competition is no more than he deserves.
Thanks for all your support and keep following for updates and news leading up to the World Cup and from the World Cup itself from our Stani Army members out there in New Zealand and Australia. Follow Stani Army on Twitter and Facebook.
There are just two days left for our fans to get voting for Stani Army’s very own Mr Pakistan (Amjad UK) in MoneyGram’s Ultimate Cricket Fan competition for the amazing prize of a trip to next year’s Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
If you have yet to vote or know of friends and family who have yet to do so, here is how you can get your votes in before the deadline of 5pm (UTC or GMT) on Friday the 31st of October 2014 (Facebook account required):
1) For PC or laptop users, click HERE.
MOBILE PHONE USERS click HERE.
2) Scroll down and click ‘Amjad UK’.
3) Then click vote! (You will be prompted to log into Facebook if you haven’t already)
View Mr Pakistan’s (Amjad UK) video submission to MoneyGram’s Ultimate Cricket Fan competition:
Last Sunday, members of the Stani Army including Mr Pakistan and the Sheikh of Pakistan, were at the London Mela in Gunnersbury Park raising funds for the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA). This follows on from our IKCA fundraising challenge in June when we climbed to the summit of Mount Snowdon in full fancy dress, photos of which can be found here. We would like to thank everyone who attended the Mela and donated to this worthy cause, or simply just stopped by to have a friendly chat and a photo or two. You can view photos from the Mela below.
If you missed out on the Mela and still wish to donate, you can do so via the IKCA website, or via free phone on 0500 786 101. To find out more about where your donations will be going and the tireless work of the IKCA and everyone at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, please visit here.
We’re delighted to bring you the thoughts and photos of our very own Billy as he travelled to Dubai to watch his beloved Pakistan take on South Africa earlier this month…
“Hi, just to introduce myself, my name is Billy and I’ve been a die hard fan of Pakistan cricket since as far back as I can remember. I’ve always wanted to go and watch Pakistan play outside of Pakistan or the UK but never really got the chance to go because I always thought it would be too difficult to organise and go alone. But ever since I came into contact with Mr Pakistan before the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, he and the rest of the Stani Army have been a great help with advice and putting me through to friends of theirs in UAE who helped me with any information about the tickets/ground etc. So a big thanks to Mr Arslan who was the man in UAE to help me out with any questions I had.
I have heard many story’s about the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, so come the day of the 2nd ODI I couldn’t wait to leave my hotel and get inside this magnificent looking stadium. Arriving at the stadium I got stuck in traffic near my hotel so missed the first 10 overs. Once I got out the taxi and made my way to the ticket counter I was surprised to still see so many Pakistan fans trying to get inside the ground, and it was good to see the upset of the 1st ODI didn’t stop our fans from giving it a miss.
Billy’s photos from the Pakistan v South Africa 2nd ODI at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium:
By the time I took my seat we were two down but building a good partnership. Unfortunately, towards the end of our innings we had a collapse that we have at times become used to now but still everyone around the ground believed if we can get them 2 down in the early overs the pressure might get to South Africa at the end. And that’s exactly what happened. In the end, all our bowlers bowled great and nobody gave anything away. The love and support the Pakistan team gets everywhere it goes around the world from its fans is something I believe nobody else can get from its own fans.
During the South Africa innings I got speaking to quite a few people in my stand and told them about Stani Army, what we stand for, and how it is bringing all Pakistan fans together to support our team at home and away.
This was my first write up about a game I went to so I hope it is not too bad. Again, I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Pakistan and Mr Arslan in UAE and the rest of the Stani Army. It was great to again represent Stani Army and look forward to being part of this Army for a long time.”
Billy and the rest of the Stani Army at Sky Sports’ Cricket AM show:
Where have you been to watch your team Pakistan play? Would you like to share your experiences and photos from the games? Why not get in touch with us here and have your thoughts published on http://www.staniarmy.com and share your passion for Pakistan cricket with fellow Stanis!?
Earlier this month, members of the Stani Army were in attendance at the London Mela in Gunnersbury Park raising funds for the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA). A big thank you to everyone who attended and donated towards this worthy cause, and we hope you enjoyed meeting us and Stani Army’s very own Mr Pakistan and the Sheikh. You can view photos from the Mela below.
If you missed out on the Mela and still wish to donate, you can do so via Mr Pakistan’s Just Giving page, via the IKCA website, or via free phone on 0500 786 101. To find out more about where your donations will be going and the tireless work of the IKCA and everyone at the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, please visit here.
It was also a pleasure meeting members of the Rotary Foundation who had their own stall close to ours, and hearing of the great work they are doing in Pakistan in the fight to eradicate polio. Pakistan is one of the few countries in the world where polio is still endemic. The Rotary Foundation through their End Polio Now campaign hope to eradicate polio from Pakistan, and you can help by donating here. Continue reading “Photos: At the London Mela for the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal”→
In the next installment in our series on our touring members, we bring you the Dictator:
Tell us a little about yourself?
I am a young British Muslim who has lived all his life in the UK and am a very dedicated Pakistan cricket fan. I have attended every Pakistan game since the 1999 World Cup in the UK, when in all glory Pakistan got to the semi finals in the World Cup. Although I have been born and bred here in the UK, my heart has always been in Pakistan with my family and friends, I take pride in supporting my home country and hold cricket as a sport very dear to my heart.
When did your love for Pakistan cricket begin?
As a British Pakistani, the love of cricket was embedded in me from the day I was born; it’s my home land and my background from where my parents are from. Pakistan cricket represents me and my values. When I attend these matches it feels I’m close to my home land, I feel proud and honoured in representing and supporting Pakistan cricket team, whether they win or lose or whatever country they might be in, I will always be there.
When did you first go to a Pakistan game? How was it?
My very first memory was during the World Cup in 1999 in Bristol, Pakistan v West Indies. Sitting up close and seeing such amazing talented players such as Sohaib Akhtar, Abdul Razzaq and Saqlain Mushtaq, really increased my love for Pakistan cricket and also the team. For me they are our national heroes, who are out there and representing Pakistan to the world. That was the day I decided that I need to support them and represent my nation to the world as well.
My Last tour was Pakistan v Sri Lanka in Pakistan when the horrific incident happened in Lahore. I attended the Test match in Karachi between Feb 21-25, 2009. I saw a fantastic innings from Samaraweera who scored 231 and Jayawardene, who scored 240. Marvellous innings of 313 from Younus Khan and Kamran Akmal with 158* were a joy to witness. This was a great experience attending 5 days of Test cricket in Karachi and sitting next to Chacha Cricket. Continue reading “Touring members – The Dictator”→
In the next installment in our series on our touring members, we bring you the Doctor:
When did your love for Pakistan cricket begin?
My love for Pakistan cricket started long ago when I was about 11 and I started to go senior school and began to engage in banter with other cultures and teams. I’ve always had a passion for cricket especially when Pakistan play.
Why are you so passionate about Pakistan cricket?
All Pakistanis are passionate about cricket and I’m passionate because I love the tempo of the game and when I first started watching it, the likes of Inzi, Imran Khan Javed Miandad; bowlers like Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, just bought something else to the game of cricket. The 1992 World Cup really was the highlight. We had a quality team that produced in the final. That win was the most glorious day in Pakistan cricket.
Coming to the more recent past, describe your outfit and why you chose this character?
The doctors outfit came about thanks to the Sheikh of Pakistan. We wanted something that was green but was original and with a twist.