England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has auctioned the jersey he wore during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final for £65,100 help two London hospitals in their fight against coronavirus. Also Read - UP News: 21 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Total Tally at 591
Buttler broke the stumps to run out Martin Guptill in the Super Over of the final against New Zealand that sealed the result and a maiden ODI world cup trophy for England. Also Read - 'Govt Penalising Doctors', Delhi Medical Association Hits Out at CM Kejriwal For Warning Hospitals Over COVID-19 Crisis
The blue jersey drew a massive response with 82 bids and the winner shelled out £65,100 on eBay before the Tuesday deadline. The money will be donated to Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity – two specialist heart and lung centres who are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Procure And Stock PPE Kits, Oxygen Masks For 3 Months, Delhi Govt Directs Hospitals Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases
Meawhile, Buttler, who plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL, doesn’t know if the league will happen at all this year but feels it’s a massive tournament considering the revenue invovled.
“I don’t know any more than you know about when IPL would be played or people talking about whether it can be pushed back. At the moment, everything is quite indefinite as no one knows how long it will last. So it can’t be decided at the moment when it could or could not happen,” Buttler told ESPNcricinfo.
“As for the stature of the tournament, it’s a massive, massive tournament. Revenue that is involved in IPL is massive. It is a very important competition to cricket and it’s a big shame that it’s not going ahead or whether it does have the way to push it in the schedule and allow it,” he said.
In United Kingdom, over 55,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection have been reported so far and more than 6,000 have died to the disease.
Globally, it has infected over 1.4 million people and caused 82,000 deaths so far.