2020 has been a roller-coaster year for the global sports community due to the implications of Covid. While the IPL tournament shifted base to the UAE this year, the T20 Cricket World Cup has been postponed to 2022 and will take place in Australia.
In an attempt to keep the momentum going for this popular bat and ball sport, Christie’s auction house is hosting a charity sale of unique objects and memorabilia given away by some of the most legendary cricketers of all time. Every item in the sale has its own exemplary backstory of sportsmanship and victories from the cricket pitch – think a signed bat by celebrated female cricketer Rachel Heyhoe-Flint and Viv Richard’s cap from 1980 to Mahela Jayawardene’s signed jersey shirt from the 2011 World Cup Final.
This auction scheduled until November 16, 2020, will raise money for various charities and foundations across the world. It is a must-see journey of the most iconic mementos of the cricketing world, from India to England and Australia and Sri Lanka.
Muttiah Muralitharan’s 503rd ODI wicket ball
Muttiah Muralitharan is the world record holder of the most wickets in Test and One-Day International cricket format. The now-retired Sri Lankan off-spinner, in 2009, took Gautam Gambhir’s wicket with this ball. This object signed by Muralitharan is now up at Christie’s sale. Estimated to be auctioned off for no less than £15,000, its proceeds will benefit The Foundation of Goodness.
Ravi Shastri’s India Coaching Kit
The present coach of the Indian national cricket team and a former cricketer, Ravi Shastri has given away his signed coaching kit for this charity auction. This set comprises of One-Day International shirt, Test Match sleeveless sweater and a cap from the 2019-2020 season. The sale is estimated at £1,000 to £2,000.
Sir Geoffrey Boycott’s Yorkshire Cap
One of the most coveted names in the 75 Greatest Icons of Yorkshire list, Sir Geoffrey Boycott is a retired cricketer who played for Yorkshire and England from 1962 to 1986. As a testimonial of his iconic career span, his cap is estimated to be bid between £1,000 to £1,500 for the benefit of The Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Mahela Jayawardene’s World Cup Final shirts
The first player in Sri Lanka’s cricket history to score over 10,000 Test runs, Mahela Jayawardene’s two signed shirts from two World Cup Finals are up for sale and are estimated to sell for £8,000 to £12,000. The first match-worn jersey dates back to the 2011 finals, when Sri Lanka lost to India but Jaywardene ended up making a century. Second shirt is from the 2014 T20 World Cup when Sri Lanka won against India.
Shahid Afridi’s Final International Shirt
Shahid Afridi, Pakistani national cricket team’s former captain, wore this shirt to play his final international match against West Indies at the Lord’s stadium in 2018. The shirt, which is not only signed by the man himself, but by his fellow cricketers Tamim Iqbal, Rashid Khan and others, is estimated to be sold between £3,000 to £5,000 for the benefit of The Shahid Afridi Foundation.
Mushfiqur Rahim’s double century bat
The former captain of the Bangladesh national cricket team, Mushfiqur Rahim has donated his double century bat for the auction, valued between £4,000 to £6,000. Rahim scored his first-ever Test Match double century for Bangladesh with this bat, and once auctioned, the proceeds of this memento will go to The Shahid Afridi Foundation.