In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, 27 Bangladesh cricketers from the top ranks have shelled out half of their salary for the ones affected. After compiling their contributions, a total of taka 30 lakh and 15 thousand was collected. However, due to the Value Added Tax (VAT), around four lakh will be deducted. Despite the deduction, the rest of the amount remains to be taka 26 lakh.
In Bangladesh, 39 people have bore the brunt of the COVID-19 virus with the same consuming the lives of five. In order to counter the wrath of the coronavirus, directives of using hand sanitizers, staying indoors, have constantly been circulated by the experts. With the situation only worsening by the day, complacency on part of the citizens can turn out to be extremely fatal.
Among the players who came forward, Tamim Iqbal donated the highest amount of taka three lakhs and 25 thousand as per BDcrictime. Mushfiqur Rahim is second with three lakhs and 10 thousand. Liton Das, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Mohammad Mithun, Mominul Haque, Mahmudullah, Soumya Sarkar and Mustafizur Rahman, Shafiul Islam and Mashrafe Mortaza donated in lakhs.
Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan stranded in the US
Even as the Tigers’ cricketers were busy lending their helping hands, one of their mates- Shakib Al Hasan– is having rough time. The all-rounder, who recently turned 33, is in the United States. The Magura-born has put up at a hotel and would be staying there as he reckoned that he believed that he ran the risk of catching the virus. Shakib expressed his concerns after he commuted to the US by flight.
His wife, Umme Ahmed Shishir, and daughter, Alaina Hasan, is also in the US. But Shakib understood the gravity of the situation and didn’t meet his loved ones. He expressed grief of not being able to see them and called it a painful experience. Moreover, he urged the netizens to stay indoors.
Bangladesh cricket has also been affected due to the coronavirus pandemic. The third leg of their tour of Pakistan was postponed. They were scheduled to play an ODI and a Test at the National Stadium in Karachi. The Dhaka Premier League 50-over tournament was also cancelled after a few matches.
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