YOUNG patients were bowled over when members of the Pakistan International Cricket Team made a surprise visit to Leicester Royal Infirmary’s Children’s Hospital.
The Pakistan players, who were in Leicester at the beginning of the month for a pre-Test match against Leicestershire, dropped into the Children’s Hospital. Among the players who came along were the Pakistan captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Abdul Razzaq, bowler Muhammad Asif, Rana Naveed and Muhammad Yousuf.
Tina Clegg, service manager for the children’s hospital, was delighted with the visit. “We were delighted that representatives from the Pakistan Cricket Team took time out of their busy schedule to visit the children”, he said.
“The visit really cheered them up, especially after the disappointment of the England result the previous day.”
Zuffar Haq, chair of the Leicester Patients Group, organised the visit. He said: “A lot of the kids were upset after the England defeat in the World Cup so seeing the players made their day.
“The players were particularly interested in seeing the differences between Leicester’s hospitals and those in Pakistan. They also thanked staff for the equipment that was shipped out to a hospital in Pakistan last year to help victims of the earthquake disaster.”