On Friday, A cricket museum based in India has bought a bat auctioned by Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali to raise funds for the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Azhar had put two of his precious belongings — the bat he used to score 302 runs against West Indies in a Test in 2016 and the jersey he wore during the 2017 Champions Trophy final’s win over India on an online auction to raise funds for the people affected by the deadly virus.
Azhar has announced on social media that he had kept a base price of one million each for the bat and jersey and they had sold for 2.2 million. Both the Bat and Jersey were signed by him. He confirmed that a Cricket museum in Pune bought the bat.
Kash Villani, a Pakistani based in California, came up with the highest bid of Rs. 1.1 million for the shirt before the conclusion of the auction. Another Pakistani Cricketer Jamal khan also donated 1 lakh rupees for the same cause.
“I put two of my closest belongings on auction with a base price of 1 million PKR each to support people suffering due to the ongoing crisis. Auction starts now and will close on 11:59 PM 05 May 2020,” Azhar had tweeted.
In 2016, in UAE, Ali scored a triple century in a day/night test against the West Indies. He became the first international player who scored unbeaten 302 runs.