Henry Nicholls to donate World Cup final shirt
Star New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls has decided to do his part to assist the country’s poor families affected by COVID-19 pandemic, donating the shirt he wore in the heart-stopping 2019 Cricket World Cup final against England at Lord’s in July last year.
The 28-year-old cricketer will donate the half-sleeve shirt, signed by the Blackcaps squad, to the local chapter of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Wearing the shirt, he top-scored with his 55-run knock for the Blackcaps in the eventful final.
”Since the start of lockdown, it’s more than tripled the demand for food parcels throughout New Zealand. That was something that really sparked my interest and from my point of view, everything that happened at the World Cup last year, that’s a pretty memorable experience. I thought I could put that shirt up as a bit of an incentive for people to donate,” Nicholls was quoted as saying by stuff.co.nz website.
Earlier in April, England’s wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler raised 65,100 pounds by auctioning the shirt he dressed in the same match.
However, the winner of the shirt will be determined in a different way than traditional auctions as anyone who has donated with Unicef NZ since the Covid-19 outbreak or contributes before Monday has the opportunity to go into the draw to win Nicholls’ signed shirt.
”For me, I wanted to go away from the auction sort of thing, where the highest bidder wins it. I wanted to make it a bit more inclusive and anyone can donate five or 10 dollars and go into the draw to win it,” Nicholls said.