To help combat coronavirus, Jos Buttler to auction his World Cup final shirt to raise funds

The outbreak of the coronavirus has got the world to a stop. With the number of cases on the rise, governments around the globe are trying their best to stop the outbreak. 

Extending a helping hand amid the crises is England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler. The cricketer will be auctioning the shirt he wore during the 2019 World Cup finals against New Zealand to raise funds for two London-based hospitals to combat COVID-19. 

England had managed to defeat New Zealand in the finals of the 2019 World Cup by the barest of margins. The Three Lions lifted the trophy on the basis of the boundary-countback rule.

Buttler posted a video message on Twitter and captioned the post as: “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”.

In the video, 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”.

“Last week, the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospital’s charity launched an emergency appeal to provide lifesaving equipments 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,” he added.

As for the UK, they are facing a severe brunt of the coronavirus outbreak with at least 22,400 confirmed cases and 1,412 deaths. The World Health Organisation had termed coronavirus as a pandemic on March 11.