Shoaib continues charity drive

Shoaib Akhtar made a visit to a special children's home in Bangalore on Friday evening.

updated: December 09, 2007 17:07 IST
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As Aamir Khan makes his comeback to the silver screen with Taare Zameen Par, a film based on his love for children, it seems the same feeling appears to have crossed the border.

Pakistan's star bowler Shoaib Akhtar making his presence felt with some very special children at a home for physically and mentally challenged children in Bangalore.

Shoaib Akhtar has been in the news this past fortnight because of his ill health and injury concerns, but his visit to a special children's home in Bangalore on Friday evening, the speedster put it all in perspective.

"I was going through a lot of pain during the second Test match but when I come here I see that the pain we go through is nothing. It is nothing compared to what these children go through," said Shoaib Akhtar.

This visit in Bangalore comes on the heels of Shoaib Akhtar's earlier trips to adoption centres and orphanages in Chandigarh, Lucknow and Gwalior.

Clearly, the bad boy of Pakistan cricket is doing his bit to change that image. While some of these personally autographed bats may never be used by the kids, it seems Shoaib's presence was enough to make them feel special.

"Saying I would have wanted to do a dance for them they never asked me," said Akhtar.

There was a donation made as well, as Shoaib chose to skip coach Geoff Lawson's birthday celebrations in favour of spending more time with these children.

And while the new 'good boy' tour may be ending in five days time, he says his good intentions would not end anytime soon.