Bangladesh national team cricketers will donate half of their monthly payment to the government’s relief fund to fight the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
According to reports revealed, 27 cricketers have made the donations of whom 17 are centrally contracted. The total amount of the donation is 3 million BDT. After the deduction of Value Added Tax (VAT), the sum will eventually stand to 2.5 million BDT.
Bangladesh newly appointed one day captain Tamim Iqbal took the initiative to raise the funds by discussing with other cricket members of the team.
In a joint statement, Tamim said, “The outbreak of coronavirus is also increasing in Bangladesh. We, the cricketers, are trying to aware people in social media to take necessary steps to prevent this pandemic. We are 27 cricketers giving half of our monthly salaries to help against coronavirus. After excluding the tax the amount might be approximately 25 lakh around.”
“If those who have abilities gives something we can win the battle against coronavirus. We need to do this,”
Tamim told a leading bangle newspaper.
Among the players who came forward, Tamim Iqbal himself donated the highest amount of taka three lakhs and 25 thousand. 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.
Till to date there are 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Bangladesh; four people have lost their lives. Bangladesh government have implemented extensive measures to control the spread of the virus including deployment of military forces to ensure people staying indoors.
With the rate of infection is increasing day by day worldwide, a densely populated country like Bangladesh are lying in heavy risk of being mass affected in the virus. People are ordered to use hand sanitizers frequently, wearing masks and maintain social distance.
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