Pune Cricket Museum Buys Pakistan Test Captain Azhar Ali’s Bat to Raise Funds For Those Affected by Coronavirus Pandemic
Azhar Ali (© AFP)

A Pune cricket museum has bought the bat put up for auction by Pakistan Test captain Azhar Ali with which he scored his maiden triple century in 2016.

Azhar had put his bat and the shirt he wore in the final of the 2017 Champions Trophy against India to raise funds for those affected by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in his country.

Both the bat and jersey have been signed by the entire Pakistan cricket team.

On social media, Azhar said his prized possessions have been sold for Rs 2.2 million.

For his bat, Blades of Glory made the winning bid while the jersey went to Kash Villani who resides in California.

” I would like 2 announce the winners of auction @BladesOf_Glory got the bat for 1 million and Mr Kash Villani from California got the CT shirt for 1.1 million congrats and thank u 4 your support.Also like to thank Mr Jamal khan from new jursey (sic) who donated 10% of the highest bid,” Ahzar posted on his Twitter account on Thursday.

On April 28, the 35-year-old Azhar had said he’s putting up ” two of my closest belongings on auction with base price of 1 million PKR each to support people suffering due to ongoing crisis”

The auction closed on 11:59 PM 05 May, 2020.

Azhar became the first international batsman to score a triple century in a Day/Night Test when he scored an unbeaten 302 against West Indies in UAE in 2016.

“The shirt is from 2017 Champions Trophy which we won, it has the signature of all the players which were present in the squad,” Ali said in a video. “Both these things are close to my heart but if it can be used in the difficult times for the benefit of the people I will more than happy.”