On 25th September 2010 the Pakistan Society hosted a Charity Twenty20 Cricket Match in aid of Major Langlands School in Chitral. The British Army XI played a team representing Major Langlands School in the wonderful setting of Burton‘s Court in front of The Royal Hospital, Chelsea. Major Langlands' team was captained by PJ Mir (from ARY television, a former professional player) and included Dr Naseem Ashraf (former Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board) and a number of young English and Pakistani friends of the school. The legendary ninety-two year old Major Geoffrey Langlands, CMG, was with us for this event and presented the prizes. The British Army won, but the cup for the Man of the Match went to Will Hodson, from Major Langlands' team.
The band of the Coldstream Guards played during the afternoon. Players and spectators were treated to a spectacular cream tea during the tea break and there were stalls selling a variety of products. A grand raffle in aid of the school. In view of the summer's catastrophic floods an auction was held in aid of the work of the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN). Mr Shoaib Sultan, Chairman of RSPN, attended the event and spoke movingly of his organisation's work.
It was bitterly cold, but there was a good turn out and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
The day was made possible through the generosity of a number of sponsors, private and corporate, and above all through the support of the British Army.