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Islamabad United partners with The Citizens Foundation for PSL5

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Islamabad, 26 January 2020 – Islamabad United, the winners of the first and third editions of the Pakistan Super League, are proud to announce that they will be continue their partnership with The Citizens Foundation (TCF) for the fifth edition of the HBL PSL.

TCF is one of the leading organizations in the field of education for the less privileged in Pakistan. Currently they serve more than 250,000 students in over 1,500 schools all over the country. In 2017 UNESCO honoured TCF’s adult literacy program (Aagahi) with the Confucius Prize for Literacy.

Regarding the partnership, Ali Naqvi, the owner of the franchise said, “We have always believed that our duty and responsibility to this country goes beyond our immediate work. We’ve taken pride in being a socially conscious organization, from our support of WWF-Pakistan to the work with our Women Empowerment Campaign, to our continuous association with TCF, we have always believed in presenting and promoting the best that Pakistan has to offer. TCF is one of the most admirable organizations in the country – the work they’ve done over the past two decades, the lives they’ve changed, is there for all to see. Our players have visited TCF Schools over the past couple of years and this has only emboldened our partnership. Their belief in youth empowerment and education is something that they share with us, and it’s something that we have tried to inculcate even in our players and staff. Thus, this is a natural fit for us and we feel proud to continue our association with TCF.”

Mushtaq Chhapra, Co-Founder and Director TCF, said “The PSL is the biggest brand in Pakistan, and we’re happy that we will continue our association with the most successful team in the PSL. Over the past few years our partnership has been a fruitful one: Islamabad United players have visited our various campuses in Lahore and Rawalpindi, and been an inspiration for our students. Our aim is to remove the barriers of class and privilege to make citizens of Pakistan agents of change, and no one encapsulates that more than our national cricketers. Thus, we’re glad that we are continuing our partnership with Islamabad United.”

Islamabad United is one of the six franchise teams in the Pakistan Super League (PSL), and is the winner of the first and third seasons of the HBL PSL. The franchise believes in bringing change to Pakistani sports with the introduction of international standards of practice and a commitment to continuous progress.

AAN – Leonine Sports is the proud owner of Islamabad United, the FIRST CHAMPIONS and the most successful team in the Pakistan Super League. Part of the Leonine Global group, AAN – Leonine Sports is focused on enabling sports and creating franchises with a mission to provide:  1) A truly global experience on sports entertainment; 2) A fan base which is loyal, aware and supportive of the sport and the franchise; 3) An aspirational beacon for up and coming players to strive for excellence in cricket for Pakistan in particular and for the world at large; 4) An eco-system for the promotion of sports through close partnerships with the respective sports boards; 5) A truly professionally-run organization with exceptional standards of corporate governance and international best practices; 6) Promotion of Pakistan through sports and involvement of internationally known figures into Pakistan; 7) A responsible member on CSR.

The company focuses on the above mission statement by implementing a strategy built around the principle of 4 Es – Excellence, Empowerment, Education and Environment.

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