In an auction bid to get the naming rights, the Canterbury entrepreneur Ray Coupland has paid the massive amount of $12,000 to New Zealand’s swashbuckling batsman Brendon McCullum to name his bat after star horse ‘Coup Ray’.
In the ongoing Indian Premier League, McCullum will use the bat which has ‘Coup Ray’ carved on it before presenting it to the owner Coupland, who won the auction on April 20.
However, McCullum himself took to micro-blogging website to make an announcement which he further termed a ‘great cause’.
Look forward to stepping out with the COUP RAY bat tomorrow! Great cause, congrats to all. https://t.co/Q1NBdAXuOF
— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 20, 2017
The Dunedin-born wicket-keeper batsman is the part of IPL franchise Gujarat Lions. He had a decent outing in four matches out of five. McCullum scored 25, 49, 64 and 74 for lions so far which included five runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Coupland’s one of the champion horses has won an award of $300,000 during the race which further saw 11 races to his name.
The 35-year-old McCullum’s bat will be known as Coup Ray after Coupland claimed the rights at the charity event (Rebecca Black Trust) which was held at Riccarton Racecourse.
It becomes pertinent that jockey Rebecca Black died after receiving fatal injuries during a race day when he fell from her horse in December last year at Gore in New Zealand.
Rebecca was a well-known figure and the amount was collected for her three children as the charity has raised $40,000 so far.
The 16-year-old Caleb Mahon has expressed his satisfaction following the remembrance of his mother at the charity event.
“It means a lot, we appreciate it really. It’s good to see so many people here. I’m not worried about the money, it’s just the thought that counts,” Mahon was quoted as saying by Stuff.co.nz.
The Riverton jockey Rebecca was remembered as the trust held the dinner while raising the amount of $40,000 for the trust which nursed children after Southland jockey’s death.
McCullum had played 206 One-day Internationals, 101 Tests and 71 Twenty20 Internationals for New Zealand. He had amassed 6,083 runs in ODIs and 6,453 runs in Tests followed by 2,140 runs in T20Is.