According to source, the donation from the first-class cricketers will amount to Tk8-10 lakhs
As many as 91 first-class cricketers from the country’s domestic circuit, and part of the Cricketers’ Welfare Association Bangladesh, have decided to come forward and donate half of their monthly salary amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
It was confirmed by the CWAB through a press release Thursday afternoon.
“The way our first-class cricketers have come forward in this crisis moment of the country by showing responsibility, humanity and awareness, from CWAB we are appreciating such an initiative taken by our first-class cricketers. CWAB believes this pandemic can be tackled with combined effort from everyone. We believe such collective efforts from our cricketers will develop and improve our cricket furthermore in future,” CWAB general secretary Debabrata Pal was quoted as saying in the press release.
There are three categories or grade among the first-class cricketers contracted under Bangladesh Cricket Board.
Cricketers from the first grade earn Tk28,750 while second and third grade players receive Tk23,000 and Tk17,250 respectively.
According to source, the donation from the first-class cricketers will amount to Tk8-10 lakhs.
Recently, a total of 27 cricketers – 17 with BCB contracts and 10 who have played for the national team not too long ago – donated half of their monthly salary to the coronavirus fund.
BCB has postponed all cricket activities from the middle of last month owing to the coronavirus pandemic, and it is unclear when things would be back to normal as the Covid-19 situation is becoming worse around the world with each passing day.
In fact, all sorts of sporting activities have been stopped across the globe in the recent past.
Meanwhile, two more patients have tested positive for Covid-19 in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of infected to 56.
A total of six people have died of Covid-19, a new strain of coronavirus.
Covid-19, which was first reported in China's Wuhan last December, has claimed the lives of over 47,000 people and infected at least 936,204 worldwide.