Akbar, Rafique, Mosaddek to auction memorabilia for COVID-19 fight
World Cup winning Bangladesh Under-19 captain Akbar Ali, former Bangladesh legendary spinner Mohammad Rafique and current Bangladesh all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain have decided to auction off some of their historic memorabilia to fight against coronavirus.
Akbar Ali’s name is shining brightly in the history of Bangladesh cricket. Under his leadership, Bangladesh won the Under-19 World Cup title for the first time in country’s history. The wicketkeeper batsman has announced to auction his World Cup winning jersey and batting gloves.
Today (Thursday) at noon, Akbar Ali confirmed the matter on his Facebook page,
“Undoubtedly winning the Under-19 World Cup is the best achievement of my life so far. I am going to auction two memorabilia of that achievement during the crisis (1. Final match jersey, 2. Final match batting gloves).”
The entire proceeds of the auction will be used to help the victims of the coronavirus. Akbar said, adding that “All the proceeds from the auction will be spent on the victims of the coronavirus.”
In the meantime, one of the best spinner in the history of Bangladesh, Mohammad Rafique has also announced to auction off one of his cricket bats, by which he made his only century in international cricket. Rafique himself told Bdcrictime about his plan.
The legendary cricketer was mainly a spinner. However, he didn’t go less with the bat also. In 2004, he dropped to no. 9 position at St. Lucia Test against West Indies. And he scored a century by batting in that position. His 111-run innings played a big role in drawing that match.
Rafique isn’t much rich as many other former cricketers. His family runs on private business. Rafique tolf Bdcrictime, “I can’t help much financially. If I help the helpless with my bat, there is no problem. Some people will be benefited with this. I will give the bat of my only century- the bigger thing than my sorrow is that I don’t want the people of the country to die without eating.”
Bangladesh all-rounder Mosaddek Hossain is also participating in that assistance. He has announced to auction one of his historic bat to combat coronavirus. In May 2019, Bangladesh won for the first in a tri-nation series against hosts Ireland and West Indies. Bangladesh faced a difficult equation against the Caribbean on that day.
However, Mosaddek made Bangladesh’s victory easier by playing an unbelievable innings. He hit a half-century off just 23 balls to lead the team to victory.
“There is a history written with this bat. I helped the country win its first trophy by an unbeaten fifty in the tri-nation series in Ireland with this bat. The story of that bat was not over that day. With this bat, I want to fight against coronavirus. So I decided to auction off this bat. The entire money from the sale of this bat will be spent for the victims of coronavirus,” Mosaddek said.
Among Bangladeshis, Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim first announced to auction off his historic double-century bat to help the coronavirus infected people. Then star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan auctioned his dream World Cup 2019 bat at over £19,000. Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Soumya Sarkar, Anamul Haque Bijoy, Mohammad Saifuddin and Taskin Ahmed also announced to auction their some of historic memorabilia. Mohammad Ashraful’s historic bat will be auctioned today (Thursday).