Dhaka: Former Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan has raised $24,000 for the country’s coronavirus campaign.
Shakib Al Hassan has auctioned the bat he used at the 2019 World Cup. Shakib emerged as one of the highest run-getters in the World Cup with 606 runs. He is currently serving a ban for failing to report a match-fixing attempt.
The winning bidder at the online auction Wednesday was a New York-based Bangladeshi, said Arif R. Hossain. He is the co-founder of an organisation established to raise funds for charity. “It was our first initiative. We are really happy by the response,” Hossain told this agency.
Shakib, a very good all-rounder was banned in October 2019 for two years. He failed to report after being approached by a match-fixing syndicate. With one year of his ban suspended, he is due to resume international cricket in October 2020.
Hussain said the money raised would be given to a foundation started by Shakib, but gave no other details.
Controversy at crab farm co-owned by Shakib
The auction came two days after a demonstration at Shakib’s crab farm. More than 140 workers staged a protest stating they were not getting their salaries.
Defying a nationwide virus lockdown, the workers chanted slogans before being dispersed, police told this agency.
Shakib said he was not involved in the day-to-day operations of the farm but would take action. “My co-owners and working partners failed to inform me properly of what was going on over the last few months,” Shakib said in a statement. He informed that he paid the employees some 1.9 million taka ($23,000), Wednesday.
Coronavirus tally in Bangladesh
Bangladesh has officially reported 4,186 coronavirus infections and 127 deaths. However, low testing rates have led health experts to believe the real figures are far higher.