With the COVID-19 pandemic creating a worldwide health crisis, Bangladesh’s cricketers have decided to donate half their monthly salaries to the government to fight the disease, which has to this point claimed over 19000 lives worldwide.
According to a report in Dhaka Tribune, a total of 27 cricketers, including 17 players contracted with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), have decided to make the donation. the other 10 players have also represented the national team.
“The whole world is fighting against coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak of coronavirus is also increasing in Bangladesh. We, the cricketers, are trying to tell people to take necessary steps to stop this pandemic,” the players said in a joint statement.
“… in total, we are 27 cricketers giving half our monthly salaries to assist against coronavirus. After excluding the tax the amount may be approximately 25 lakh taka.
“Maybe this fund isn’t that much compared to the fight against coronavirus. But if we all together can contribute from our own positions, then in combined, it might be a bigger step to fight against coronavirus.” Five persons have died so far in Bangladesh because of the disease, while 39 are infected.
The Bangladesh men’s national cricket team, popularly called The Tigers, enjoys a large fan following in their country and also has a fan base abroad.