The whole world is suffering from a coronavirus crisis. All cricket matches have been stopped since the outbreak of this deadly virus a few months ago. Most of the countries are going through the lockdown. In these tough times, cricketers are doing their bit to help the poor and needy. Several cricketers have donated money to provide ration for the underprivileged people who have lost their jobs during the lockdown. The latest to join this esteemed list is veteran Bangladesh cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim.
He recently announced that he would auction his bat with which he made a double hundred against Sri Lanka in 2013 in the Galle Test match. Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi has brought the famous bat for USD 20,000. Mushfiqur has expressed his happiness for this gesture from the former Pakistan all-rounder. “I am a huge fan of Afridi for a long time. We played for the same team in Bangladesh Premier League… we also spoke during the Pakistan Super League and we have a good understanding,” said the 32-year-old Bangladesh cricketer as quoted by BD news.
Mushfiqur was the first player from his country to make Test double hundred. So this bat has a lot of historical value. It has been leaned that Afridi has purchased the bat for his foundation which has been working to lend a helping hand among the poor people of Pakistan amidst nationwide lockdown. Afridi was recently seen distributing relief material in a Laxmi-Narayan Temple in Karachi.
Mushfiqur, on the other hand, has established himself as one of the most dependable players in Bangladesh. “We will try to send out the money for the poor through different sources as soon as possible. We are doing our best. I hope all those who are able will get involved in helping others,” said the wicketkeeper-batsman as quoted by BD news.