In cricket or be it any popular sport, if you play well, then you can make a lot of money.
But few cricketers give it back to the people of the society who made them what they are today
Many cricketers, both present and former, do a lot of charity without drawing much attention from the media.
Now, as we all are going through such an adamant time, the need for charity is getting bigger every single day
Hence, we are providing you with the list of ‘Top 10 charitable cricketers in the world’
The ‘Top 10 charitable cricketers in the world‘ list go like this :
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So, with that said, let us discuss their contribution towards the society that makes us include all of them in this list
Just relax, have your cup of tea, and you will get to know a lot about this lesser-known side of your favorite cricketers
1. Glenn McGrath
Glenn McGrath, with 563 test and 381 ODI wickets is one of the greatest fast bowlers the world had ever seen
Mcgrath was the spearhead of the lethal Australian bowling attack in the late 1990s and 2000s.
Glenn McGrath’s wife Jane was diagnosed with breast cancer in the early 2000s which led to the creation of the Mcgrath Foundation in 2005
Unfortunately, Jane died in 2008, and since then, McGrath has devoted himself entirely to the organization
They currently with 143 Breast Care Nurses provide breast cancer patients with physical and emotional support
It has become one of Australia’s leading breast cancer support organizations, with 83,000 families getting their support
That is why we are overwhelmed to start this list with Glenn Mcgrath
2. Yuvraj Singh
One of the biggest match-winners in ODI cricket, Yuvraj Singh’s life went into a tailspin when he was diagnosed with cancer
Man of the tournament in the recently concluded India’s successful 2011 World Cup campaign, it was just unbelievable for all of us
But, the stylish all-rounder recovered from this illness and took this life-lesson to start his foundation named ‘YouWeCan‘
The foundation focuses on providing free medical service for cancer patients while also spreading awareness about cancer
Their initiative of – (1) Creating awareness (2) The removal of social stigma about cancer helps tackle cancer at the premature stage
Anti-tobacco workshops, corporate awareness workshops are the few ways through which they try and achieve this objective
Once a party man has now who wholly devotes himself in such noble causes, deservedly gets a place in our list
3. Ian Botham
It’s a shame that we remember Ian Botham mostly for his achievements in cricket and not for his charity works
He is one of the most charitable cricketers who has contributed more than £15 million for charity.
Ian has organized and contributed to charity through many long-distance charity walks since 1985
Ian also raises funds through charity golf tournaments to support cancer research and treatment for teenagers and young adults.
In 2003, Leukemia Research, UK’s leading leukemia charity appointed Ian its President where he did an excellent job
His charity works along with his contribution towards cricket earned him Knighthood in 2007
4. Steve Waugh
Steve Waugh is undoubtedly one of the best captains and batsmen the world has ever seen
But, after ending his career, he has stayed away from cricket while devoting himself entirely in charity works
He explains that it was Mother Teresa, who changed his perspective towards life and made him a better human being
His ‘Steve Waugh Foundation’ helps the rare disease affected families with medication and provides a new meaning in life
Steve Waugh and his genuine efforts to rehabilitate leprosy-affected children in Kolkata is truly commendable
In 2009, Steve opened this foundation in India which takes care of almost 300 – odd children suffering from the rare disease
So, very deservedly Steve gets a place in our list of ‘Top ten charitable cricketers in the world’
5. Imran Khan
Imran Khan, the current Pakistan Prime Minister, led Pakistan to their maiden World Cup title in 1992 in his cricket career
One of the greatest all-rounders in the game of cricket, only a few actually know about his charitable works
His ‘Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust’ provides free medical care for the people of Pakistan since 1994.
The institution has provided thousands of poor cancer patients with free medical services that they were unable to afford
Established in the memory of his mother, it has raised donations over $25 million from all over the world.
Imran established a technical college (affiliated to the University of Bedfordshire), which provides its students with financial support
For all those reasons, we are having him in our list of ‘Top ten charitable cricketers in the world’
6. Shahid Afridi
Just like Imran Khan, Shahid has also been involved in some of the most memorable wins for the national cricket team
He was a very successful all-rounder (much like Imran) who represented Pakistan in 398 ODIs and 28 Test matches
But, on the other hand, what we don’t know is that he has always been an active man when it comes to charity
His ‘Shahid Afridi Foundation’ which started way back in 2014 helps people with primary healthcare and education
This foundation runs a maternity hospital in Kohat and provides needy people with free medicines and healthcare.
Recently, he is actively participating in providing food and necessities to people who are stuck due to this global crisis
Hence, we are delighted to have him in our list of ‘Top ten charitable cricketers in the world’
7. Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest batsmen of all time, has always been a man who does a lot of charity
He came from a very humble background, and I think that’s what encourages to give things back to the society
Each year, he indirectly helps 200 underprivileged children through an NGO named Apnalaya
His charity work includes some villages going through massive transformations in terms of electricity, water, and sewage.
Tendulkar also helped NDTV ‘Support My School’ campaign to rebuild 272 schools across India
8. Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli is undoubtedly the best batsmen in the world today, but we forget that he is also a very charitable cricketer
Kohli is an integral part of the ‘Smile Foundation’ and the founder of the ‘Virat Kohli Foundation’ (VKF).
Kohli’s organization works with various NGOs and creates awareness and raises funds for the multiple philanthropic works
He actively participates in and organizes charity football matches to raise funds for the charity.
Kohli also helps many sportspeople to achieve their desired goal in association with RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group.
For all those charity works, he rightly gets a mention in our list of ‘Top ten charitable cricketers in the world’
9. Muttiah Muralitharan
Muttiah Muralitharan, the spinning wizard, has the most wickets in both Tests and ODIs in international cricket
But, when Tsunami hit Sri Lanka, Muralitharan helped his countrymen with food and primary healthcare
But, much before that, in the early 2000s, he got associated with ‘Foundation of Goodness,’ which ensures good education and primary health care for the people of Sri Lanka
He is currently focused on building a sports complex for war-displaced civilians and also serves as an ambassador for the ‘United Nations World Food’ Programme
10. The Pathan Brothers
We know, this is an exception, but the way both of them has done charity, we can’t help but include them in our list
The famous Pathan brothers, Irfan and Yusuf Pathan were quite successful for India in their playing days
While coming from a very humble background, they hustled their way to the top
They have witnessed tough times while growing up, and that’s why started contributing to society way back in 2014
The famous duo assists the underprivileged kids, cancer patients, and widows to lead a better quality of life
The Pathan brothers have also helped flood victims in Kerala, Baroda, and all over India.
Now, they have decided to donate 4,000 masks to decrease the spread of this deadly virus in this country