Photos: At the 2014 London Mela for the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal

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.

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Photos: Stani Army’s Sheikh of Pakistan at the T20 World Cup

The Sheikh of Pakistan is out in Bangladesh with other Stani Army members representing Pakistan fans, flying the flag and doing the nation proud. Below are a selection of photos from the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh. Keep an eye out for the Sheikh on your TV screens, and if you’re out there, be sure to get a photo with him and send it to us. Keep up the great support! Stani Army! Pakistan Zindabad!

Photos: At the London Mela for the Imran Khan Cancer Appeal

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”

The Sheikh of Pakistan backing our women’s team

Stani Army's Sheikh of Pakistan with Pakistan women's captain Sana Mir
Stani Army’s Sheikh of Pakistan with Pakistan women’s captain Sana Mir

With the Pakistan women’s team currently on their tour of England and Ireland, the Stani Army’s very own Sheikh of Pakistan went to drum up some support and get behind the girls against Ireland in Solihull.

In a tour which has so far seen the Pakistan women claim their first victory over England in any form of the women’s game with a one-run win in a T20 at Loughborough, the ladies did not disappoint in Birmingham either with crushing victories over the Irish in two T20s and one ODI respectively. No doubt the extra support drummed up by our Sheikh would have helped the team feel more at home.

The team will now travel to Dublin where they will play a T20 on the 16th and two ODIs on the 17th and 19th of this month against Ireland. So look out for them and help fly the flag for our women’s team!

Below are a selection of photos from the games:

Touring members – The Doctor

Touring members - The Doctor
Touring members – The Doctor

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.

When did you first hear of Stani Army?
I heard of the Stani Army through the Sheikh and got to meet them prior to the trip of Sri Lanka. Continue reading “Touring members – The Doctor”

Touring members – The King of Pakistan

Touring members – The King of Pakistan
Touring members – The King of Pakistan

In the next installment in our series on our touring members, we bring you the King of Pakistan:

When did your love for Pakistan cricket begin?
Cricket has always been a prominent part of my family life. It brings all my family members together whether it’s watching cricket, playing cricket or my mother cooking food for us whilst we watch cricket. One of my earliest memories would be watching cricket with my Granddad and Uncles and we would shout in celebration every time Pakistan won.

Why are you so passionate about Pakistan cricket?
The list of reasons of why I am so passionate about Pakistan cricket is endless. Pakistan team bring so much excitement to the game that they can change the course of a game within an over. Each team member brings individual talent and collectively they can combine and become an unstoppable team. I’ve watched the Pakistani team as they have progressed from the older players such as Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis to the latest members of the team. Whether they win or lose, I have always supported them.

Coming to the more recent past, describe your outfit and why you chose this character?
I am the King of Pakistan. I chose this character as it represents my ancestry as I am a Mughal. The Mughal’s were the rulers of South Asia and were descendants of the world’s greatest conquerors Genghis Khan and the Amir. I wanted my character to reflect my history and to show that there are still strong figures that can represent Pakistan. And if the crown fits, wear it. Continue reading “Touring members – The King of Pakistan”

Touring members – The Sheikh of Pakistan

The Sheikh of Pakistan

In the first part of our series on our touring members, we bring you the Sheikh of Pakistan:

When did your love for Pakistan cricket begin?
My love for Pakistan cricket started when l was about four years old. My parents would watch Pakistan play cricket and get so excited and happy. Every time they hit a 6 or a 4 they would shout out “Chikha” or “Chokha” and each time Pakistan took a wicket again they would celebrate. That for me at the age of four years was fantastic. It gave me the license to jump around go wild and my parents wouldn’t tell me off…great! l began to like the Pakistan team because every time they would play l’d get away with being naughty. And just to add if ever Pakistan won a match us kids would get treated to a bag of chips. Back in the seventies and eighties the only time we would have chips would be on Eid or if Pakistan won a match. I remember my father having this huge radio that he would tune into Pakistan news and sports and he’d sit there listening carefully to the match and every so often he’d shout out in joy…oh it was fantastic we would celebrate with him not really knowing why and what we were celebrating.

Which was the first Pakistan game you attended?
My first ever Pakistan cricket match was when l was about eight years old. We were in Lahore at the old Gaddafi Stadium… it was Pakistan against England. l went along with my Mahmo (uncle) on his motorbike. It was the first time l sat on a motorbike and the first time l went to watch a Pakistan cricket match. I was well excited. That to me was the highlight of my holiday in Pakistan. Oh not to mention we ate samosas at the ground and l had a bottled drink. I was having the time of my life. The crowd was so passionate it was an amazing atmosphere. I would cheer along, be singing and dancing with my Mahmo it was great. Continue reading “Touring members – The Sheikh of Pakistan”