New Zealand cricketer Henry Nicholls was the top scorer for his team in the 2019 World Cup final against England. He has decided to donate the jersey, which he wore during the grand finale, to raise funds to fight the unprecedented virus.
Last year’s World Cup final was a breathtaking clash as the game went to super over. Interestingly, the super over also ended in a tie, and England won the trophy based on boundary count rule, which has now been scrapped after the World Cup. Though New Zealand had a disheartening end, they played their best game in the marquee clash.
Nicholls, who had scored 55 runs in the final, has donated the jersey, which is signed by all members of the squad, to UNICEF New Zealand. The southpaw said that he didn’t want to put the jersey into the auction but wanted to appraise the money through donation.
“NZ Cricketer @HenryNicholls27 Cricket bat and ball has offered up one of his prized 2019 Cricket World Cup jerseys, signed by the whole team! One lucky donor who has supported our #FoodForKiwiFamilies appeal will receive it. You’ve got to be in it, to win it so donate now!” Unicef tweeted.
“It can make a big difference”: Henry Nicholls
“Since the start of lockdown, it’s more than tripled the demand for food parcels throughout New Zealand,” Nicholls told Stuff.co.nz.
“That was something that really sparked my interest and from my point of view, everything that happened at the World Cup last year, that’s a pretty memorable experience. I thought I could put that shirt up as a bit of an incentive for people to donate.”
“For me, I wanted to go away from the auction sort of thing, where the highest bidder wins it. I wanted to make it a bit more inclusive and anyone can donate five or 10 dollars and go into the draw to win it,” said Nicholls, who top-scored for New Zealand in the final, hitting 55.
“It all adds up. A lot of families and everyone in New Zealand is really feeling the pinch. It’s a small little thing and hopefully, it can make a big difference.”
Nicholls is not the first cricketer to use his cricket kit to raise funds. Bangladesh cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim put his special bat into auction from which he scored the first Test double century. Also, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers their kits from the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL)match against Gujarat Lions on auction to aid the battle against coronavirus.