POST TIME: 27 March, 2020 03:49:17 AM
Mushfiq urges people to donate to COVID-19 fund
BCB hails cricketers’ fund-raising initiative

Mushfiq urges people to donate to COVID-19 fund

A file photo of Mushfiqur Rahim


National cricket team wicket-keeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim has urged the people  to come forward and extend their support to the government to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak, a total of 27 national team players, including Mushfiqur Rahim, have donated 50 per cent of their monthly salaries (over Tk. 30 lakh) to the government’s coronavirus prevention fund.

The 32-year-old national team player, however, pointed out that the players' efforts would not be enough in the current crisis. Everyone should contribute to combat the deadly virus and its unprecedented fallouts, he said.

“As-salamu alaykum, you know that Covid-19 has spread all over the globe, including in Bangladesh. In order to prevent this virus, we have to step up efforts from our respective positions. We, cricketers, have already taken an initiative to raise a fund. We have donated 50 per cent of our monthly salaries for the helpless people who have been struggling to deal with their lives due to a lockdown,” Mushfiqur said in his verified official Facebook page.

“Our efforts might inspire you a lot, but they are certainly not enough to win the war against the coronavirus. If more and more people come forward and contribute, only then can we go a long way in this fight,” he also said.

“I want to thank all the people who have already come forward. But if more people join this fight, we’ll win this fight Insha Allah. Everyone should donate as per their respective capacities—you can donate Tk. 100, Tk. 5,000, or Tk. 1 lakh. Let us all consider the entire country as a family and help each other in this dreaded situation. May Allah bless all of us,” he added.

In the meantime, former captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have thanked the three national team captains in all formats of the cricket and players for their combined efforts in fighting the Covid-19 menace.

“Well done, the captains of the country—Mominul, our Test skipper, Tamim, our ODI captain, and Reyad, our T20 leader. Well done Bangladesh cricket team. Love you boys. Special thanks go to Khan saheb,” Mashrafe wrote on his Facebook page.

BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury Sujan and media committee chairman Jalal Yunus also hailed the players’ initiative amid the coronavirus scare.

“Our national team cricketers always come forward during any crisis. This time, they have joined the fight against the coronavirus with sincerity and goodwill,” the BCB CEO said.

Jalal Yunus described the players’ efforts as a great initiative.

The coronavirus outbreak has claimed more than 22,000 lives worldwide so far. As of yesterday, Bangladesh has reported five deaths and 44 infected persons across the country.