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Tigers donate in fight against coronavirus

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  • 26 March, 2020 12:00 AM
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Tigers donate in fight against coronavirus

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Bangladesh cricketers are raising funds to donate for coronavirus affected people as seventeen nationally contracted cricketers along with ten others who received one month’s salary for playing against Zimbabwe at home decided to donate half of their one-month wages for the coronavirus affected people.

The seventeen cricketers in the central contract will give fifty per cent of their monthly salary to the fund. Ten cricketers outside the contract who had played matches for the last three months will also donate half of their monthly salary.

Cricketers are expecting to raise a sum of thirty one lakh taka which will eventually boil down to twenty six lakh taka after deducting the taxes.

It was learnt that cricketers are getting in touch with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President Nazmul Hasan Papon so that the money is donated to a fund which is helping to fight the deadly outbreak as government is yet to open any official account to take in donations for coronavirus affected people.

Mushfiqur Rahim will donate three lakh taka to this fund. Meanwhile, Bangladesh ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal will donate three lakh twenty five thousand taka, Liton Das will donate one lakh thirty seven thousand five hundred taka while Soumya Sarkar will pitch in with one lakh fifty thousand taka.

When a cricketer who plays an international match without the central contract, BCB pays him that month’s salary according to the grade he deserves.

For example, Masharafe Mortaza is in not included in the central contract. But in March, he played for Bangladesh. So, this month he will get a salary according to his grade which sums up to four lakh twenty five thousand taka. He will donate fifty percent of the money to the fund which will amount to two lakh twelve thousand taka.

Players have given a joint statement about their donation in the social media.

“The whole world is fighting against coronavirus pandemic. The spread of coronavirus is also increasing in Bangladesh. We, the cricketers, are trying to make people aware with the help of social media to take necessary steps to prevent this pandemic. But we believe we have the responsibility to do a lot more than just increasing awareness among people. Seventeen players, who are in the central contract of BCB, and ten other players who took part in recent series for national team; in total we, twenty seven cricketers, are giving half of our monthly salaries to help in the fight against coronavirus.