First-class cricketers lend hand to relief efforts

Sports Correspondent

3 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh’s first-class cricketers came forward to fight the coronavirus after national cricketers did the same as first-class cricketers have decided to contribute financially to Cricketer’s Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) fund.

91 cricketers who are in contract of first-class cricket are donating half of their monthly salary to CWAB fund. CWAB General Secretary and former cricketer Debabrata Barua Paul said that though the amount is yet to be calculated but based on the preliminary calculations, they think the figure will be somewhere between eight to ten lakh taka.

First-class cricketers’ are categorized into three categories namely A, B and C while they get monthly salaries of 28,750 taka, 25,000 taka and 17,250 taka respectively.

Earlier, 27 national cricketers have raised a fund about thirty lakh taka donating the half of their monthly salary to support the underprivileged people who are suffering due to the coronavirus pandemic. CWAB, announced on Wednesday through a press release that a committee has been formed with all present and former cricketers and all cricket organisers to create a fund and help the people who are suffering the most because of the coronavirus.

BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon has been announced the chief advisor of the committee. BCB Director and CWAB President Naimur Rahman Durjoy has been named the Convener of the committee. Khaled Mahmud Sujan, Tamim Iqbal and Mominul Haque are joint conveners.