Shahid Afridi has contributed to Bangladesh’s COVID-19 relief efforts by buying a cricket bat put up on auction by Bangladeshi batsman Mushfiqur Rahim for $20,000.
The bat had been used by Rahim during his maiden double hundred in Test cricket. Rahim had made this score in Bangladesh’s match against Sri Lanka in the Galle Test of 2013.
Rahim made the announcement on social media and thanked Afridi for purchasing the bat and helping him raise money for his fellow countrymen.
Afridi also shared the news and said that he and his foundation Shahid Afridi Foundation “believe that human suffering and empathy is beyond borders” and that he “hopes this small token will help build bigger bridges”.
In a video message shared by Rahim, Lala also appreciated Mushfiq for “doing wonderful work” for his people.
“Only real heroes undertake such efforts. We’re all experiencing unprecedented times, in which we need each other. I’ll always remember the love I received from Bangladesh,” said Afridi. “Buying your cricket bat on behalf of the Pakistani people, I wish to become a part of your journey.”
Cricketers and sportsmen around the world are auctioning their memorabilia to raise funds for coronavirus relief drives.