Bangladesh has taken a serious hit from the coronavirus pandemic as the country has seen a spike in the death and infected rate over the past few days. This has led to the country to come to a standstill, leading to many people losing their jobs due to the virtual lockdown.
In such a situation., Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan urged the cricketers to auction their cricketing gears such as their jersey, bat to help the helpless people.
Only a day after that, Bangladesh batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has decided to auction his bat. Mushfiq is going to put up the bat with which he scored his and the country's first-ever double hundred in 2013 to auction to help the stranded people in such a dire situation. The money raised from the auction will be used to help the people troubled in the current situation.
The Business Standard (TBS) was confirmed by an official from Nibcco, the sports management company which deals with Mushfiq's finances, that the auction is not confirmed yet as there are no auctioning platforms in Bangladesh. He also added that they were working on the whole process of the auction.
"There are high chances of Mushfiq's bat being auctioned. We are working on that on a primary level. Not just Mushfiq, we have had confirmed talks with some other players too. We want to do this combining with an E-commerce organisation," the official informed.
He also added, "We will start the activity as soon as we find a good opportunity. The significance of Mushfiq's bat will not be called upon unless we get a good price for it. That is why we are thinking if we would auction it with an open price or with a base price. But it is almost confirmed that we are going to do it."
Mushfiq had hit the country's first-ever double century with this bat in 2013 against Sri Lanka at Galle. Bangladesh drew that match and Mushfiq scored 200, the first of his three double hundreds.
Mushfiq has been trying to do his bit to battle the pandemic. He recently donated 200 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), hand gloves and masks to the Bagura Medical College Hospital.
English wicket-keeper batsman Jos Butler was the first cricketer to auction his cricketing gear to battle the outbreak. He auctioned his World Cup-winning jersey and raised 65 thousand pounds.