Former Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful's historic bat is not going under the hammer as the cricketer says the procedure of auction is not clear to him.
Ashraful had announced to put the bat he used to hit his first ODI ton in 2005 against Australia in England on auction to raise money for people severely affected by coronavirus pandemic.
“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.
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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.
Auction for the bat of Mushfiqur Rahim, what he used to smash the first-ever double-ton for Bangladesh back in 2013 against Sri Lanka, has been suspended indefinitely due to countless fake bidding.
Mushfiqur was the first Bangladeshi cricketer to announce putting his historic bat on auction aiming to raise money for the disadvantaged people around the country who have been left stranded due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The auction was suspended on Tuesday after the bidding crossed the mark of BDT 40 lakh. But the organizers-- Nibco and Pickaboo.com -- claimed that most of the bidders were fake as they have bid unexpectedly.
“We are not asking for token money or safety deposit from the interested people. We wanted to make it as open as possible. But due to many fake bidders, we had to pause it temporarily. We are hoping to come back soon with the option to filter the fake bidders,” Pickaboo.com CEO Morin Talukder told the media.
Right after Mushfqiur, Shakib Al Hasan had also put his bat auction, and his bat was sold for BDT 20 lakh. All of this fund will be used to help the people around the country under the initiative taken by Shakib Al Hasan Foundation.
Like Mushfiqur and Shakib, Taskin Ahmed, Soumya Sarkar, Akbar Ali also put their cricketing gears on the auction to raise money to help the underprivileged people during this pandemic. Besides this, a good number of cricketers have been helping people from their personal funds as well.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) today (Tuesday) postponed two more qualifying events including ICC Women's World Cup due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) pandemic.
The ICC also postponed the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Qualifier Europe Division 2.
The ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier was due to take place in Sri Lanka between July 3 and 19, where three teams were to qualify for the 2021 event in New Zealand.
The ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2022 was scheduled to begin with the European Regional Qualifier in Denmark between July 24 and 30.
As part of the ICC’s comprehensive contingency planning process and after consultation with members and with the relevant government and public health authorities, the decision has been taken to postpone the qualifier to the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2021 and the start of the qualification pathway to the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2022.
The ICC will work with all participating members to identify when these events will be able to be staged, said an ICC media release on Tuesday (May 12).
Chris Tetley, the head of the ICC events said: “In light of the continuing travel restrictions, global health concerns and government and public health authority advice we have decided to postpone two further upcoming qualifying events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier and the Europe qualifier to the U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 have both been impacted.
“Our priority during this difficult period is to protect the well-being of players, coaches, officials, fans and the whole cricket community and we will take well-informed, responsible decisions in relation to both postponing events and resuming international cricket.
“These are both important events with the Women’s CWC Qualifier one step away from New Zealand 2021 and the Europe qualifier which signifies the start of the U19 Cricket World Cup 2022 pathway. We will work in partnership with the Members to find an appropriate window to reschedule these events as soon as is safe and practical to do so. I would like to thank the members for their cooperation and continued support.”
The two remaining ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup Regional Qualifier Division 2 events are being monitored and kept under review: the Africa event is due to take place in Tanzania between August 7 and 14 and the Asia event between December 1 and 9 in Thailand.
The Division 1 events in all five regions are scheduled to take place in 2021.
Shakib Al Hasan showed his second daughter Errum Hasan to the people on Tuesday, 17 days after her birth.
Shakib presented his full family, with Errum in the middle, in an online video, produced by Carnival Internet, and released it on his YouTube channel on Tuesday.
He revealed her name eight days after she was born.
The Bangladesh star all-rounder and his wife Ummey Roman Ahmed (Shisir) were blessed with the baby girl on the first day of Ramadan (April 24 ) at an US hospital.
The couple has another daughter, Alyana Hasan, who was also born in the USA five years ago.
In the online video, Shakib sought everyone's blessing for his daughter.
Shakib's wife Shisir also seek blessing for their new born baby.
"On 24th April, the first day of the Ramadan Kareem on a Friday at fajar time we have been blessed with another baby girl, another blessing from Allah SWT and we have named her (Errum Hasan) means (Jannat) because she truly is a piece of heaven Alhamdulillah," Shakib wrote earlier.
Shakib flew to the USA to accompany his wife Shishir. He was in self-isolation for 14 days after reaching the USA.
Currently, the star all-rounder is serving a two-year ban imposed by the ICC for failing to report corrupt approaches made to him.
Also read: Shakib reveals name of his 2nd daughter
The southpaw is expected to return to action at the highest level of the cricket in next October.
Bangladesh star cricketer Shakib Al Hasan said the suspension imposed by the ICC was a lesson for him to understand life in a better way.
Shakib is currently in the USA, spending time with his family. He flew to USA in March during the initial outbreak of coronavirus in Bangladesh. He and his wife Umeey Ahmed Shishir was expecting their second child. On April 24, they were blessed with a baby girl.
The all-rounder was banned for two years in October 2019 for to failing to report several corrupt approaches that were made to him. As the one year of his suspension is suspended, Shakib is expected to return to cricket in October 2020.
“I am in the USA currently. I have been passing times with my family since March. I was unable to stay beside my wife when she gave birth to our first child. But this time around, I am with her. But it feels bad that I’m unable to play now. It will take five to six months to end my ban. If cricket resumes before that, I will not be able to take part,” Shakib said in a live session with Deutsche Welle.
“I’m not available to play, and will not get a chance within the next five-six months. It really hurts a lot. But this incident of my life is a good lesson for me. Many things happen in life that we ignore or give less importance to, which is not an ideal way to live life. I think this incident taught me this,” Shakib added.
Shakib put up a tremendous performance in the World Cup 2019 in England. He scored 606 runs in eight games with two centuries and five half-centuries. He finished with the best average among players who amassed more than 600 runs in the event. Along with this, he scalped 11 wickets.
He insisted that he is eager to restart from where he left off. He said: “My main focus is to go back to playing again. And I want to restart from where I left off, which is my lone challenge now.”
While answering a question about his plan for the next World Cup, Shakib said: “We always have a plan to do well. We also had some plans in the previous World Cup. Some of those worked well while some proved to be inappropriate. The next World Cup will take place in the subcontinent, which will create a big chance for us. I believe every cricketing nation should be aware of us as the World Cup is in the subcontinent.”