In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, cricket legends Wasim Akram and Darren Gough have decided to donate memorabilia, to aide fight against the fatal virus. With the toll of coronavirus patients, increasing significantly, it is the need of the hour that the world unites and contribute as much as they can to tackle the disease.
In such a moment, the step taken by the former players, is nothing less than ‘stuff of legends’. The toll of positive cases have crossed 1,110,000 mark, causing death to over 59,000 people while 228,990 patients have recovered.
Wasim Akram has pledged a signed bat and ball
Pakistan legend Wasim Akram has pledged to auction a signed bat and ball for the auction. He will donate the money in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Akram is the leading wicket-taker for his national team in Test and ODI. In 104 Tests he took 414 wickets including 20 five-wicket hauls. In 356 ODIs, he had 502 wickets at an average of 23.52.
Darren Gough has pledged to sign a ball
England’s second highest ODI wicket-taker Darren Gough, meanwhile, will auction a signed ball and donate the money to aide fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Both Gough and Akram join a number of players who have helped fight in this crisis.
Jos Buttler is auctioning his 2019 World Cup-winning shirt. Ravi Bopara has offered free chicken from his restaurant in London to National Health Service (NHS) staff, umpire Aleem Dar has offered free food from his restaurant in Lahore to those who have lost their jobs, and Sam Billings has offered to shop for vulnerable people in his area.
England women’s captain Heather Knight and the Surrey allrounder Rikki Clarke and are among those to have signed up as NHS volunteers, while Sam Curran has launched a fundraising campaign, according to reports.