Jos Buttler to auction his World Cup 2019 final jersey to raise funds to fight against Coronavirus

Jos Buttler was at the centre of the World Cup-winning moment for England.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Akash Ghosh

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MS Dhoni and Steve Smith hit the winning runs in the World Cup finals of 2011 and 2015 respectively. In a way that became the iconic winning moment. For England, their wicket-keeper Jos Buttler would always be associated with the world-cup winning moment. He was the one who inflicted the run-out, which won England their first World Cup.

Surely, the moment would be edged in the memories of all the fans of English cricket. In the wake of coronavirus threat, Jos Buttler has decided to auction the jersey which he wore in that match. The money which would be raised through the auction will be donated to the funds being for the COVID-19 patients.

On Wednesday, the 29-year-old posted the information regarding the auction on Twitter. He uploaded a post with a video in which he explains the cause and how the auction works. In the video message to his fans, Butler said, “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.”

Jersey will have autographs of England’s World Cup squad

The shirt which will be auctioned will have signatures of all the members of the English squad who played during the World Cup, making it more iconic. Jos Buttler told his fans that funds raised will go to the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity. The two hospitals specialise in lung and heart conditions.

“Last week, the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals charity launched an emergency appeal to provide lifesaving equipment for those two hospitals, specialising in lung and heart conditions in preparation for the COVID-19 outbreak. To help with their fundraising effort, I’m going to be donating my World Cup final shirt, signed by all the players who were members of that squad”, the wicket-keeper batsman said in the video.

The tweet preceding the video reads, “I am 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 outbreak of COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the world. More than 8,50,000 people have been affected so far while more than 42,000 people have lost their lives. In the United Kingdom, there have more than 25,000 cases of COVID-19 patients already.