England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler said he will be auctioning the shirt he wore during the 2019 World Cup finals against New Zealand to raise funds for two London-based hospitals to combat COVID-19.
England had managed to defeat New Zealand in the finals of the 2019 50-over World Cup by the barest of margins as both normal 50 overs-action and super over ended in a tie. English team managed to win the trophy on the basis of boundary-countback rule, and it was Jos Buttler who broke the stumps during the super-over, denying New Zealand their first World Cup win.
Buttler posted a video message on Twitter and captioned the post as:
“I’m going to be auctioning my World Cup Final shirt to raise funds for the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity. Last week they launched an emergency appeal to provide lifesaving equipment to help those affected during the COVID-19 outbreak”.
The United Kingdom is also facing a severe brunt of the coronavirus outbreak with at least 22,400 confirmed cases and 1,412 deaths. Many in the UK believe that the country is just weeks behind Italy in facing the peak of the disease and hospitals can be overwhelmed by the patients seeking medical assistance.
The coronavirus that first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December last year has infected 800,049 persons globally and has killed 38,714 people as per the data provided by Johns Hopkins University.
The World Health Organisation had termed deadly coronavirus COVID 19 as a pandemic on March 11 which has now taken at least 40000 lives around the world.