Mashrafe quits as Bangladesh captain. File photo
Mashrafe quits as Bangladesh captain. File photo

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza will not have to part away from his bracelet though it was sold for Tk 4.2 million in an online auction.

The Bangladesh Leasing and Finance Company Association (BLFCA), the highest bidder for Mashrafe’s bracelet in the auction, organised by Auction 4 Action, decided to gift it back to the former Bangladesh skipper.

“We want to give it back to Mashrafe,” BLFCA chairman Mominul Islam said during a Facebook conversation with Auction 4 Action.

“We bided highest Tk 4 million for the bracelet but IPDC, another company which is connected to us, added five per cent more for the bracelet,” he informed.

Mominul went on saying: “Mashrafe had already said that how favourite and lucky the bracelet is for him. We know the bracelet has been with him for the last 18 years, preciously after he started his career with Bangladesh team.”

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The BLFCA boss said they think the bracelet and Mashrafe should not be parted away. “So we’ve decided to give it back to him and we’ll request him to accept this gift,” he added.

Mominul also said that they will arrange a formal programme in this regard when the coronavirus situation improves.

Mashrafe, however, thanked the BLFCA to gift it back to him.

“Thanks for this kind decision. But again I said, there won’t be any hard feeling from my part if you people keep it to you because you have bought it. I have my own satisfaction that I can spend the money for the people hit hard by the coronavirus,” he said.

The ex-Bangladesh captain said that the money will go to the fund of his Narail Express Foundation, through which it will be spent for the COVID-19-affected people.

As a parliament member of Narail-2 constituency, Mashrafe has already taken various steps to protect his people from the deadly virus.

He, however, expressed his desire to contribute more for the people of his constituency and the vulnerable cricketers for which he decided to put the bracelet up for auction.