The bat that helped Shakib Al Hasan break records in the 2019 World Cup has been sold for 20 lac taka at an auction.
The proceeds would be going to the Shakib Al Hasan Foundation which is helping those hit hard financially in Bangladesh by the coronavirus pandemic.
The auction went on for quite a few hours on Wednesday before the winner was a man named Raj who lives in New Jersey, USA.
In his verified Facebook page Shakib wrote: "Thank you for wholeheartedly participating in the bidding of my special 2019 WC bat through the charity auction held by Auction4Action. Thanks to all of you, it was sold for BDT 20,00,000.00 and all proceeds will go to The Shakib Al Hasan Foundation which will utilise every taka for helping those in need."
"We are facing a challenge we have never seen before and need to help each in every possible way to win this war. Let's thank all the celebrated personalities who will take part in this amazing auction and help donate to their chosen charities. Hopefully I will be able to take part again soon with some other memorabilia of mine worth some value to you all."
"Thanks again for all the support and kindness. I feel my strongest when I receive such love from you."
Shakib went on social media a few days ago to announce that cricketers should try to auction some of their prized memorabilia to help raise money to battle the rising Covid-19 menace.
After that, Mushfiqur Rahim was the first to announce that he would auction the bat with which he scored his first double century and a day after that, Mohammad Ashraful announced that he would be auctioning his man-of-the-match award for the match-winning century against Australia.