Shakib Al Hasan has raised almost $24,000 for Pakistan’s Coronavirus Campaign by auctioning his bat he used to score 606 runs at last year’s World Cup.
Former Bangladesh Captain Shakib Al Hasan was banned in October for failing to report a match-fixing attempt. His kind gesture to raise funds for the fight against COVID-19 proved fruitful. The winning bidder at the online auction on Wednesday was a New-York based Bangladeshi, said Arif R. Hossain co-founder of an organization established to raise funds for charity. “It was our first initiative and we are really happy by the response”, Hossain told the media.
Shakib Hasan has once titled as one of the best all-rounders in the game. With a year ban, he is set to resume International Cricket in October 2020. Hussain said the money raised would be given to a foundation which is started by Shakib Al Hasan but gave no other details about it.
The auction was organized two days after the incident when more than 140 workers at a crab farm owned by Shakib protested to complain about not being paid. Neglecting the nationwide lockdown the workers chanted slogans before dispersing told police.
Shakib Al Hassan said he was not involved in the day-to-day operations of the farm but wold take strict action about it. “My co-owners and working partners failed to inform me properly about what was going on from the last few months”, he said in a statement. He said he paid the employees some 1.9 million on Wednesday.
Bangladesh has reported about 4186 COVID-19 infections and 127 deaths but low testing rates have led health experts to believe the real figures are higher than what is being revealed by the Government.