Ajaz Patel comes onto bowl for Starship with 10-for shirt auction
Black Cap Ajaz Patel is auctioning off a playing shirt from his famous 10-wicket innings in India, with all proceeds going to the Starship Foundation. The framed shirt is signed by the entire Black Caps 2021 India touring squad, and commemorates Ajaz becoming just the third cricketer in test history to take all ten wickets in an innings.
“My wife and I spent a couple of days in Starship with our daughter last year. It was a worrying time, but I realised how lucky we were to only need a short stay. Starship was amazing to us, and we wanted to give back…this is one way we can do that,” says Ajaz.
Starship Foundation CEO Aisha Daji Punga says she’s humbled by Ajaz’s generosity. “We’re incredibly grateful he’s offered to support us in this way. As well as being a role model on the field, it’s further proof of his kindness and character off it.”
Patel’s framed shirt also features a commemorative scorecard, image, plaque…and Patel’s Black Cap number 274 embroidered on the chest.
Proceeds from the auction will help fund a Play Specialist in Starship’s Radiology department. The Play Specialist helps children and their families prepare for difficult or complex procedures like MRI scans, often helping the child cope without the need for a general anaesthetic.
“I guess it's fitting, as my profession is all about play and sport. This will go to a team that uses play as such an important tool to make kids feel safe and comfortable," says Patel.
Daji Punga says the funds raised will make a significant impact. “Play Specialists make tough times more bearable for children and their whānau. We’re truly delighted Ajaz has chosen to support them in this way.”