Shakib Auctions World Cup 2019 Bat To Raise Funds For COVID-19 Campaign

Source: NDTV

by SportsDiction – 24, April 2020

Former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan, banned in October for failing to report a match-fixing attempt, raised almost $24,000 for the country’s coronavirus campaign by auctioning the bat he used to score 606 runs at last year’s World Cup. The winning bidder at the online auction Wednesday was a New York-based Bangladeshi, said Arif R. Hossain, co-founder of an organisation established to raise funds for charity.

“It was our first initiative. We are really happy by the response,” Hossain told AFP. Defying a nationwide virus lockdown, the workers chanted slogans before being dispersed, police told AFP.

The auction came two days after more than 140 workers at a crab farm owned by Shakib staged a protest to complain about not being paid.

“My co-owners and working partners failed to inform me properly of what was going on over the last few months,” he said in a statement.

“It’s not that this bat has only been used at the World Cup. I have scored over 1500 runs with this bat and had used it prior to the tournament and after it a well. Although I like the bat a lot but I have decided to put it up for auction with the thought that maybe it can leave some contribution to forming a fund during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.”

Shakib asked cricket lovers to participate in the auction. “The auction is set to take place from tomorrow (22nd April) in the ‘auction for action’ Facebook page. The money raised will go to the Shakib Al Hasan foundation fund,” Shakib informed.

He said he paid the employees some 1.9 million taka ($23,000) on Wednesday.

Bangladesh has officially reported 4186 coronavirus infections and 127 deaths, but low testing rates have led health experts to believe the real figures are far higher.

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