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LENDING A HAND Irfan Pathan aims to help the needy photo: Vijay mathur
LENDING A HAND Irfan Pathan aims to help the needy photo: Vijay mathur

Irfan Pathan launches an initiative for children's welfare

You have always seen him with bat and ball, on the field, but this time Irfan Pathan has other plans. Tata Teleservices Limited announced an initiative with Plan India, a child-centred development organisation and Irfan was very much around. A day later, Gillette launched their special edition Vector-plus Winner razor with Pathan again as the brand ambassador. Pathan might be struggling to get into the playing eleven but has become a brand name. While he talked of the cricket season thanks to the Gillette clean shave, Pathan also talked of his fondness for children with the Plan India initiative. India's struggling all rounder and the brand ambassador of Tata Indicom, Irfan Pathan launched their programme by signing a cricket bat and a ball. This will be auctioned by Plan India to raise funds for children in difficult circumstances. As Irfan made his entry in jeans and a T-shirt, he was surrounded by shutterbugs. To welcome him, children from Plan India danced to the tunes of "Rang De Basanti". They tried to get Irfan to join them but he politely refused. Irfan gave gifts to the children for their enthusiastic performance. On his association with Plan India, he said, "I love children and I will try to take out some more time for them." After that he was flooded with questions about the forthcoming World Cup. Trying to avoid them at first, he finally agreed. He said, "Playing in a World Cup is a great feeling. I see myself as a bowler." As for India's chances of winning the World Cup, he replied, "Inshahallah, hard work always pays."




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