Cricket

Coronavirus Outbreak: New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls donates World Cup final shirt to help raise funds

  • Reuters
  • April 30th, 2020
  • 19:09:01 IST

Wellington: New Zealand batsman Henry Nicholls will donate the shirt he wore in the heart-stopping final of last year’s World Cup in England to help raise fund for the battle against the COVID-19, media reports said on Thursday.

File picture of Henry Nicholls. Getty

File image of Henry Nicholls. Getty Images

The 28-year-old will donate the half-sleeve shirt, signed by his teammates, to the local chapter of United Nations’ children’s fund UNICEF, the Stuff website reported.

“...everything that happened at the World Cup last year, that’s a pretty memorable experience,” Nicholls, New Zealand’s topscorer in that tied final which ended with England declared winners on boundary count, told the website.

“I thought I could put that shirt up as a bit of an incentive for people to donate.”

Anyone who donates by Monday, irrespective of the amount, will enter a draw and the owner will get the shirt.

“For me, I wanted to go away from the auction sort of thing, where the highest bidder wins it,” the top-order batsman said.

“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. 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.”

Earlier this month, England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler raised 65,100 pounds ($81,518) for two hospitals in London by auctioning the shirt he wore in the same final at Lord’s.

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Updated Date: April 30, 2020 19:09:01 IST

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