Buttler 'amazed' at successful World Cup jersey auction

LONDON: wicketkeeper from England Jos Buttler he says he's amazed at the response so far to a auction for his final Cricket World Cup jersey to raise money to fight the coronavirus .

Buttler's shirt, which he wore when he completed the last round that saw England beat New Zealand in Lord's final year, is on sale to raise money for two specialized heart and lung centers.

One day left until ebay auction closes, it has already raised more than £65,000 ($80,000).

"There's a day or so left on the auction as well so hopefully we can raise a bit more," Buttler said in a conference call on Monday.

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The 29-year-old man said there was a personal link behind his decision to support the Charity of Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals: His wife's aunt is chief of pediatrics at Royal Brompton in London.

The worldwide spread of COVID-19 has paralyzed cricket, with the start of the English season delayed until at least May 28.

Lucrative trips to England through the West Indies, Pakistan and Australia are in doubt.

Players recruited in central England responded last week to the looming financial crisis facing the game by announcing an initial donation of £ 500,000 in support of the England and Wales Cricket Board and good causes.

That's the equivalent of a 20 percent pay cut over three months.

The players' decision followed the ECB's announcement of a £ 61 million aid package for the English-language game and a 25 percent payment to the board's chief executive, Tom Harrison.

Everyone is very aware of our duty as players to contribute where we can, Buttler said.

The Lancashire player was asked if the cash should support the Hundred, which will be held for the first time this year, but said the players wanted their money to go to grassroots cricket.

I think Hundred is a great thing that may or may not happen this summer, he said. It may be delayed. I know a lot has been invested in that.

But as gamers, we are all very aware of the other effects, this is going to have to leak in the game. Without the base cricket we are really nothing.

He added: So I know the players are very strong in wanting that money to help structure and the grassroots path because we need to attract people to the game and make sure it is very strong.

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