Rahul, Rahim chip in to raise finds amid coronavirus pandemic

KL Rahul (PA/Supplied)
KL Rahul (PA/Supplied)

KL Rahul and Mushfiqur Rahim have become the latest international cricketers to auction off gear to raise funds that will go towards coronavirus relief efforts.

India batsman Rahul revealed that he will auction off a pair of his batting gloves and pads, a helmet, a bat he used at last year's World Cup, and a jersey from each of the three formats he has represented India in.

Rahul said in a video message: "Go on check out the auction and show some love for me and the children and let's stay strong together during this difficult time and all of us will come out of this stronger."

The proceeds from the auction will go to a charity that works with underprivileged children in India.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Rahim said that he will put one of his bats up for auction.

The bat is the one with which he made his first Test double-century against Sri Lanka in Galle in 2013.

The funds raised in the auction will go towards Covid-19 relief efforts in Bangladesh.

Rahim told the Bengali daily Prothom Alo: "I am putting up the bat with which I made a double hundred for auction.

"It will be put up online, so let's see how we can go about it.

"I urge everyone with the ability to push up the price of the bat since the proceeds will be spent entirely for the poor people."

England's Jos Buttler raised £65 000 earlier this month when he auctioned off his World Cup winning jersey.

- TEAMtalk media

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