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Dhoni’s World Cup bat on auction

India’s ‘Barmy Army’ organises benefit at Lord’s, proceeds to go to Yuvraj Singh’s Foundation.

entertainment Updated: Aug 13, 2011 14:02 IST
Serena Menon
Serena Menon
Hindustan Times

Heard of the Barmy Army, the group of English cricket fans that follows their team around to cheer for them? Well, now India has a similar gang too. The Indian Cricket Dundee’s (ICD) official launch takes place on August 15 at the Lord’s Cricket Ground, London with Team India present. Fans can bid for memorabilia from the World Cup 2011, that India brought home after 23 years.

“One of them includes a signed bat used by captain MS Dhoni during India’s victorious WC campaign,” says Charan Shetty, the founder. Ten lots that will be auctioned also include a bat signed by the eight captains of the 2010 Indian Premier League, a shirt worn by Yuvraj Singh during the WC, and Gautam Gambhir’s batting gloves with which he scored 97 runs during India’s historic win over Sri Lanka.

All proceeds will go to the Yuvraj Singh Foundation (YSF). “The Man of the Tournament at the World Cup has quietly done a lot for charity, especially for kids who wish to pursue education and sports, but can’t afford it,” adds Shetty.

The ICD, like any partially organised fan club, plans tours to venues and locations where the Indian cricket team is performing to cheer them on at all times, apart from facilitating interactions with the sportsmen, occasional get-togethers and celebratory events. Currently, the ICD has about 3,500 members.

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First Published: Aug 12, 2011 19:37 IST