Bangladesh cricketers donate half salary in coronavirus fight

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:54, Mar 25,2020 | Updated: 21:36, Mar 25,2020


A New Age file photo of Bangladesh Cricket Team

Members of the Bangladesh cricket team on Wednesday announced to donate the half of their one month salary for the fight against coronavirus.

A total of 27 players, including 17 players under national payroll and 10 other players who were part of the squad during recent series against Zimbabwe, have joined the initiative.

The total amount of the donation is approximately Tk 25 lakh after deducting the taxes, revealed one-day international captain Tamim Iqbal, who led the move.

‘In the context of huge fight we have against the coronavirus this is not a very big amount. But little drops make an ocean. If we all try from our own position, whatever little it may be, this will turn into a big effort,’ Tamim wrote in his verified Facebook page.

‘The whole world is devastated by the coronavirus now. It is also increasing in Bangladesh. We, the cricketers, tried to make people aware about it. But we felt making aware not enough. We have something else to be done,’ said Tamim.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim said the money would be spent on the treatment of Covid-19 infected people and help poor people who were struggling for subsistence amid lockdown.

‘Let us think the whole country as a family and help each other,’ Mushfiq said.

A senior Bangladesh Cricket Board official said they are aware of the move.

The fund deducted from the players’ salary will be handed to an appropriate body, which is involved in the fight against the virus,’ said the official.

Bangladesh on Wednesday confirmed its fifth dead in the virus among the 39 infected people.

A nationwide transport shutdown also began on Wednesday with members of armed forces patrolling the street in support of civil administration for maintaining social distance.

Player                    Salary                 Donation

Mushfiqur Rahim    6,20,000           3,10,000

Tamim Iqbal           6,50, 00             3,25,000

Liton Das                2,75,000           1,37,000

Mehedi Hasan        2,75,000           1, 37,000

Taijul Islam             2, 50,000          1, 25,000

Md Mithun               2, 00,000          1, 00,000

Nazmul Hossain     1,50,000           75,000

Mominul Hque        3,30,000           1,65,000

Nayeem Hasan     1,00,000             50,000

Abu Jayed Rahi     1,00,000             50,000

Ebadat Hossain     1,00,000             50,000

Mahmudullah         4, 30,000            2,15,000

Soumya Sarkar       3,00,000           1,50,000

Mustafizur Rahman 3, 00,000          1,50,000

Md Saifuddin           1,50,00              75,000

Afif Hossain              1,00,000           50,000

Mohammad Naim      1,00,000          50,000

Shafiul Islam              3,00,000         1,50,000

Mashrafee bin Murtaza   4,50,000    2,25,000

Al-Amin Hossain            1,50,000     75,000

Mahadi Hasan              1, 00,000      50,000

Hasan Mahmud            1,00,000       50,000

Saif Hasan           1, 00,000              50,000

Yasir Ali                 1, 00,000              50,000

Taskin Ahmed   1, 00,000              50,000

Nasum Ahmed  1, 00,000              50,000

Aminul Islam      1, 00,000              50,000

Total amount     60,30,000            30,15,000           

NB: All amount in BDT

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