Bangladesh players come out to help amid Covid-19 crisis

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Twenty-seven players have donated money to the government fund. - AP file
Twenty-seven players have donated money to the government fund. - AP file

Dhaka - The 27 cricketers donate half their monthly salaries


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Published: Wed 25 Mar 2020, 7:54 PM

Last updated: Wed 25 Mar 2020, 10:00 PM

Bangladesh cricketers have decided to donate half of their monthly salaries to the government fund as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report in Dhaka Tribune, 27 players are donating half of their monthly salaries. Among them 17 players are in the BCB contract list and the remaining 10 players have played in the national team recently.
"The whole world is fighting against the coronavirus pandemic. The outbreak of coronavirus is also increasing in Bangladesh. We, the cricketers, are trying to make aware people in social media to take necessary steps to prevent this pandemic," said a joint statement from the players.
"But we believe we have many more things to do rather than just increasing awareness among people. 17 players, who are in the central contract of BCB, and 10 other players who took part in the recent series for the national team; in total 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 taka . Maybe this fund is not that much compared to the fight against coronavirus. But if we all together can contribute from our own positions, then in combination, it might be a bigger step to fight against coronavirus.
"If we can take the responsibilities and try to make contributions wholeheartedly rather than criticizing others, then we can win the war against coronavirus. Everyone please stay home, stay safe. Be well and keep our country safe," it said.
A total of 39 have tested positive of the deadly virus in Bangladesh with five deaths.

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