The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus has brought the world to a standstill. In such moments of crisis, Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim decided has decided to auction his bat to raise funds. These funds will be used to help the needy families affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic spread that is affecting the country. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi decided to help Mushfiqur Rahim and buy the bat he auctioned. Afridi stepped up after Rahim ‘s auction went sideways due to fake bids.
Mushfiqur had used the bat to score Bangladesh’s first double hundred in Test cricket. His knock came in 2013 against Sri Lanka. He had kept this prie possession up for action via an online bidding process this week. However, the organizers called the auction off as they received a lot of fake offers.
“Afridi contacted me personally and I sent him a link of the bid,” Rahim revealed on Friday. “On May 13 he sent me a letter and offered USD 20,000. He bought my bat with this money. I am really privileged,” Mushfiqur Rahim added.
Mushfiqur’s management firm shared that the money received from auction will go to charity and help people affected by coronavirus.
Following wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib is the other Bangladesh cricketer to auction his cricketing gear to help raise funds. During a Facebook live session, Shakib said, “I had said before that I want to put up a bat for auction. I have decided to auction the bat I used in the 2019 World Cup. It’s a favorite bat of mine.” The currently suspended all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan received around USD 24,000 for the auctioned bat last month.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli and former South Africa captain, AB de Villiers have also decided to auction their cricketing gears. It consists of the bats they used to score centuries for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2016. The money raised from the auction will be used for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.