Coronavirus outbreak: Shakib Al Hasan to auction World Cup bat
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan will auction the bat he used in the 2019 World Cup, to raise money amid coronavirus pandemic. In a Facebook live session, the 33-year-old revealed he will put his favorite bat for auction. Shakib is currently serving a two-year ban for not reporting corrupt approaches. He was suspended from competitive cricket in October 2019, for a year.
I wanted to put my favorite bat for auction: Shakib
"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 favorite bat of mine," Shakib said during the Facebook interaction.
Shakib used a single bat throughout the tournament
Shakib was the highlight of 2019 World Cup with his formidable all-round display for Bangladesh. "I had a good World cup with the bat and ball. There were some good performances especially with the bat," he said. He added, "I had used a single bat throughout the World Cup and even used tapes on it to get through games."
Shakib reached the historic landmark in 2019
Shakib smashed 606 runs and scalped 11 wickets from eight matches in the 2019 WC. He became the first ever cricketer to score 600 runs and take 10 wickets in a single WC edition. Yuvraj Singh scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets in 2011.
Shakib follows Mushfiqur Rahim's footsteps
The star all-rounder has become the second Bangladesh player after Mushfiqur Rahim to auction a cricketing gear for raising money. Notably, the money raised from the auction will go to Shakib Al Hasan foundation. Earlier, England's Jos Buttler also auctioned his 2019 World Cup final jersey in a bid to raise money for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital.