Former cricketers raise funds to fight coronavirus

Sports Correspondent

31 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Former national cricketers are raising fund for the people affected by coronavirus pandemic, said former national captain Akram Khan.

Bangladesh cricketers have decided to donate half of their monthly salaries to the government fund as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.

27 players are donating half of their monthly salaries. Among them 17 players are in (Bangladesh Cricket Board) BCB contract list and remaining 10 players have played in the national team recently.

“I am calling everyone. At the moment I am in Chattogram while Khaled Masud and Naimur Rahman are in their homes. We are trying to raise  a fund for the corona affected. Most of the former cricketers who are well off will contribute in it. Hopefully we will organise it soon,’’ Akram told reporters on Monday.

“We are eyeing to raise twenty lakh takas and we are confident we can raise that fund to help the distressed,” Akram said who is currently BCB Cricket Operations Committee Chairman.

Earlier, BCB officials said that they are ready to give any logistic support to the government, they are also ready to handover Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium to the government to be set up as an isolation centre for the treatment of coronavirus patients if the government wants.

BCB said that the board is ready to provide the national stadium as well as the academies to the government, the moment they ask for it.

BCB is expected to donate money to the Prime Minister’s relief fund and BCB President Nazmul Hasan insisted that he is talking with concerned authorities in this regard.