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Tigers stand by distressed people

Stuck in Dhaka, Mithun distributes relief in Kushtia thru friends
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Tigers stand by distressed people
A file photo of Mohammad Mithun

After their combined effort to help the government halt the COVID-19 pandemic, individual cricketers are now trying to help distressed people and those temporarily rendered unemployed in their localities due to the lockdown. The government has already adopted precautionary measures to curb transmission of COVID-19. A 16-day lockdown across the country has been announced as part of those measures.

Most cricketers have gone back to their home districts after the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) suspended all forms of domestic and international cricket. Back home, they are helping low-income people and daily wage earners who have become unemployed due to the lockdown.

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Rubel Hossain, Mosaddek Hossain, Liton Kumar Das, and Mohammad Saifuddin have personally distributed daily essentials among vulnerable groups. Mohammad Mithun too has come forward to help the poor people of Kushtia.

Mithun said he distributed victuals and daily essentials to the hard-pressed in his neighbourhood. He, however, had to take the help of his friends as he was stranded in Dhaka. “I engaged some of my friends in Kushtia. I’m trying to help the local poor. With the help of my friends, I am distributing daily essentials to 300 distressed families,” he said.

“Essentials are being sent door to door by my friends after preparing a list of vulnerable people. Many of us are also in a difficult situation. But I am doing this to help others,” Mithun told the media.

Earlier, Mithun had participated in the combined effort of the national team, led by Tamim Iqbal. A crop of 27 national players donated half of their current month’s salary to the government’s coronavirus prevention fund.

Buoyed by his fellow cricketers, Rony Talukdar, an opener who could not make it to the national team, extended a helping hand to the distressed in his Narayanganj neighbourhood. With the help of local friends, Rony formed an organization, ‘Friends.com’, which collected rice, oil, pulses, soaps, and other daily essentials for distribution among the needy.

“We reside at Pagla, Narayanganj, where most of the people come in search of from different places in the country. Currently, they have no work due to the ongoing lockdown because of the COVID-19 outbreak,” Rony said.

“We’ve an organisation called ‘Friends.com’. We formed this to stand by the people in the time of any crisis. We’ve collected daily essentials that will be distributed among 500 distressed families,” he also said.

“Four kg of rice, one kg of pulses, one litre of oil, two kg of potatoes, one kg of onions, and soap have been fixed for each family,” the cricketer added.

Bangladesh women cricketers are not sitting idle either. Jahanara Alam, a national team player, will help distressed families in Mirpur-6. “Currently, I’m in the Mirpur-6 area, which is full of needy people. I have already collected rice, pulses, and other daily essentials to distribute among at least 50 families. Hopefully, the distribution will start in the next one or two days,” she said.

“I didn’t know senior members of the men's national team have donated half of their current month’s salaries. I could have joined them had I known about the initiative. Nevertheless, I have planned to help the poor in my own way,” Alam told the media.

“Currently, there is no way to make a collective decision. Players of the national women’s team have gone to different places during the lockdown. But I hope that we'll be able to take a combined decision after discussing the matter with everyone soon,” she added.

 

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