Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has decided to auction the bat he used during the 2019 ODI World Cup to help raise money for the fight against deadly coronavirus pandemic. Shakib Al Hasan is the second Bangladesh star after Mushfiqur Rahim to auction personal cricket memorabilia to fight the state of the coronavirus pandemic in Bangladesh.
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Shakib Al Hasan is currently facing a two-year ban from the International Cricket Council (ICC) for not reporting corrupt approaches from bookies. Shakib emerged as the greatest all-rounder in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The ace allrounder scored five fifties along with two centuries in just eight matches. That’s not it. His left-arm off-spin fetched 11 wickets in the tournament.
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“I had said before that I want to put up a bat for auction. I have decided to auction the bat I used in the 2019 World Cup. It’s a favourite bat of mine,” Shakib said during a Facebook live session.
The 33-year-old all-rounder had a hugely successful World Cup in England last year, scoring 606 runs in eight matches at an average of 86.57, which included two centuries and five fifties.
Besides, he also picked up 11 wickets in the tournament and became the only cricketer to score 600 plus runs and scalp 10 wickets in a single edition of the World Cup.
“I had a good World cup with the bat and ball. There were some good performances especially with the bat. I had used a single bat throughout the World Cup and even used tapes on it to get through games,” Shakib said.
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“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 as 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. This is a very special bat to me, but my people are even more special to me,” Shakib concluded.
The money raised from the auction will go to the Shakib Al Hasan foundation.