The coronavirus crisis has led the whole country to come to a standstill. People living from hand to mouth are facing starvation and many have lost their jobs because of the apparent lockdown.
In such a bereaved time, Bangladesh national team veteran Mushfiqur Rahim has decided to auction his record-breaking bat to help the helpless. The bat Mushfiq is putting up on auction is the one with which he hit the country's first-ever double hundred in 2013.
Any kind of memorial from his cricketing life is valuable to Mushfiq. And as it is a record-breaking one, it is his most favourite. But in such a time of crisis, Mushfiq believes that it is more important to help people than anything.
The bat will be auctioned through an online platform and the details would be revealed soon, Mushfiq told The Business Standard (TBS).
"I will put my favourite bat on auction. You will get to know soon when the auction will be, how it will pan out. If this small contribution from me helps a few people, it will make me feel good," Mushfiq told TBS.
He added, "This is the most special bat of my career. I scored my first double century with it. That is also the best moment of my career. Still, the target is to sell it for the highest price possible so that a lot of people can be helped. This is a request from me."
Mushfiq also added that if this auction gets a good response, he will put up some of his other memorials on auction too.
"The money raised from this auction will be used to feed the poor. If they require any other kind of help, I am ready to do that too. If I get a good response from the auction of this bat, I will put up some of my other memorials on auction too," informed Mushfiq.
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.