“I saw there are many fake bidding for the bat of Mushfiqur (Rahim). If anything happens like that, then there's no meaning in putting a bat on auction. I actually don’t understand how auction works in Bangladesh. I don’t think we have a good culture of the auction in the country,” Ashraful told the media.
“I wanted to put this bat on auction so that we can arrange a good amount of money for the people. But now I think we should have a good process for auction,” he added.
Sources say the former Bangladesh captain wanted to set a base price of Tk 15 lakh. But Auction 4 Action, who wanted to organise the bidding, declined to accept this price, leading to Ashraful's change of mind.
“What will the auction mean if we don’t get a good amount of money? I can help people from my personal fund. I wanted to put the bat on the action for a good amount so that we can help more people who are suffering from the pandemic,” Ashraful said.
Earlier, Auction 4 Action organised the auction of the bat of Shakib Al Hasan, which was sold for Tk 20 lakh to a Bangladeshi living in the USA.
E-commerce company Pickaboo.com is currently organising the auction of Mushfiqur Rahim’s bat that he used to hit Bangladesh’s first double-ton in Test back in 2013 against Sri Lanka. But this auction saw some fake bidding which forced the organiser to put the process on hold for a while.