British Prime Minister David Cameron has auctioned a cricket bat signed by cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar at 3,400 pounds (3m Rwandan francs) to raise money for the Rwanda Cricket Stadium Foundation.
A bat signed by Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was one of his ‘most valuable possessions’, that was donated it to raise money for a cricket stadium.
The bat fetched 3 million Rwanda francs at an auction at the Lord’s to raise funds for the stadium project recently.
Some days ago, at an event of the Conservative Friends of India, Cameron had spoken how he cherished the bat and Tendulkar’s signature during his visit to India in 2010.
He told the Indian audience that he was horrified when he saw his wife Samantha play French cricket with the same bat at the Chequers, the Prime Minister’s country residence, adding: “I said, ‘No, darling, put it down, this is probably the most valuable possession I have.'”
The auction, held in the Long Room at Lord’s, was to commemorate the life of Christopher Shale, Cameron’s constituency chairman, who was found dead at the Glastonbury festival last summer.
Shale’s son, Edo, said the event raised almost 130,000 pounds (Approx 124m francs) for the project.
He told the daily: “We are all delighted and a little exhausted. These funds are the springboard this charity needs to take us into the construction phase of the cricket stadium.”
The Rwandan cricket team is the team that represents the country of Rwanda in international cricket matches.
They became an affiliate member of the International Cricket Council in 2003. Their international debut came in the African Affiliates Championship in 2004, where they finished seventh.
In 2006 they competed in Division Three of the African region of the World Cricket League, improving their performance and finishing in sixth. They will remain in Division Three in 2008.
Rwanda has a junior U-17 team participating in the East Africa Regional U-17 Tournament. In their first match in the 2008 version of the tournament the team lost to Uganda by 10 wickets.