England wicket-keeper Jos Buttler is auctioning the prized shirt he wore in last year’s dramatic World Cup final win to raise funds for two London-based hospitals to combat the coronavirus pandemic. There have been more than 22,400 confirmed cases and 1,412 deaths since the COVID19 outbreak in the UK.
The long-sleeved jersey wore by Buttler in the epic clash against New Zealand at the Lord’s is a part of the history now. Buttler’s neat glovework as he clipped the bails to run-out Martin Guptill resulted in a victory for the Three Lions based on the ‘boundary count’ rule.
Jos Buttler auctions his ‘special’ England shirt
Buttler took to Twitter and made the announcement. In the clip, Buttler says: “Hello everyone, I hope you are all safe and well and staying at home. As we all know, hospitals, doctors, nurses and the NHS are all doing an incredible job at the moment and in the weeks and months to come they are going to need our support even more so”.
The caption read, “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. Link to auction in my bio.”
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 life saving equipment to help those affected during the Covid-19 outbreak. Link to auction in my bio. pic.twitter.com/ODN9JY4pk1
— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) March 31, 2020
Earlier last month, England’s tour of Sri Lanka was called off ahead of the first Test match which was scheduled to take place in Galle. A statement from the ECB said that the physical and mental well being of the players is paramount. As the COVID-19 pandemic worsened globally, all the cricketing affairs were either called off or postponed.
Moving on, Buttler’s jersey witnessed a total of 158 bids, including a £10,000 bid from TV personality Piers Morgan. The amount at this point stands at £65,700.