Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali has decided to put up his cricket memorabilia for auction, the proceeds from which will help the people hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic.
The items up for auction include the shirt worn by Azhar during Pakistan's victorious Champions Trophy campaign in 2017 and the bat with which he registered a triple century against West Indies.
Azhar etched his name in the record books when he smashed an unbeaten 302 in a day/night Test against the visiting Jason Holder's side in Dubai almost four years ago. He was also a part of Pakistan's Champions Trophy-winning squad and stitched a valuable 128-run stand for the first wicket in the all-important final against India, setting the tone for his team's dominance that day.
In a video message uploaded on his Twitter account, Azhar conveyed that the base price for the two souvenirs was PKR 1 million each. The auction will remain open for a week, during which fans will be able to make their bids through different channels.
I put 2 of my closest belongings on auction with base price of 1 million PKR each to support People suffering due to ongoing crisis. Auction starts now & will close on 11:59PM 05May20. To place bid, text/whatsapp on +923228485173, or msg on my twitter. pic.twitter.com/7BJviamP88— Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) April 28, 2020
"All the money generated from this auction will be used to help those who are struggling to fulfill their basic needs amidst the ongoing crisis. This is a small effort on my behalf," Azhar said.
"Both of these items are very close to my heart and I always thought of keeping them with me as my cherished possessions. However, desperate times call for desperate measures and I would be satisfied if funds raised from this initiative will benefit the deserving people."
Azhar joins several other members of the cricket fraternity, who have announced to auction off their cricket gear for the betterment of victims of the virus shutdown.