Three jerseys sold at Tk 10.65 lakh

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Cricketers and footballers around the world have put up their respective equipments for auction to help generate funds for the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic which has so far claimed more than 2.3 lakh lives across the world.

At a time when funds are critical to fighting the coronavirus pandemic, several Bangladesh famed sportsmen have come forward to help their respective country in its fight against the deadly virus by auctioning their prized possessions to generate money and donate it to combat COVID-19 efforts.

Two jerseys belonging to former Bangladesh national football team captain Monem Munna and one belonging to former FIFA referee Tayeb Hasan fetched Tk 10.65 lakh at an auction set up by Auction 4 Action, a charitable organization that plans to use the money in the fight against coronavirus.

Auction 4 Action, a charitable organisation that plans to use the money to help the people in need during the coronavirus pandemic, put up the jerseys for auction on Saturday night.

Carnival Internet bought Munna’s national team jersey for Tk 3 lakh while his famous number 2 jersey, which he donned for Abahani, fetched Tk 2.1 lakh. HSBC deputy CEO Mahbub Ur Rahman bought the jersey outside of the auction, which lasted nearly one-and-half hours with former national footballers Sheikh Mohammad Aslam, Kaiser Hamid, Satyajit Das Rupu, referee Tayeb Hasan and Munna’s wife Shurovi Monem in attendance.

Auction 4 Action had before uploaded a short clip on Munna’s career on Facebook, arguably the best defender in the history of Bangladesh. The last time Munna wore the historic jersey was when Bangladesh won its first international trophy in 1989, beating a South Korean side to clinch the President’s Gold Cup title.

Tayeb was wearing the jersey he auctioned while officiating the 2013 SAFF Championship final between India and Afghanistan. The base price of the jerseys were set at Tk 2 lakh each.