Australian spinner Shane Warne’s baggy green cap has been auctioned for over 1 million Australian dollars ($ 7 million, Rs 4.97 crore). He will use this amount to help the people affected by the huge fire in the forests of Australia. One third of Australia is affected by fire. 30 people have died.
With this, Shane Warne’s cap has become the most expensive memento in cricket history, according to AFP reports. It has also broken the record of a four-and-a-half million dollar cap sold in 2003 by Don Bradman.
The baggy green cap is given to Australian players upon making their Test debut and is viewed with great respect by the Australian cricketers.
Shane Warne tweeted, “Thankyou so much to everyone that placed a bid & a huge Thankyou/congrats to the successful bidder – you have blown me away with your generosity and this was way beyond my expectations ! The money will go direct to the Red Cross bushfire appeal. Thankyou, Thankyou, Thankyou”.
Athletes from other sports have also come forward to help the victims of the fire. Tennis stars Maria Sharapova and Novak Djokovic have also decided to give 25-25 thousand dollars for Australia Bushfire Relief Fund. Earlier Australian cricketers like Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell and Darcy Short have announced a donation of 250 Australian Dollars on every Six killed on their behalf in the Big Bash League.
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