On regular days, Ashraf Chaudhury would have been one of many busiest males round Wankhede Stadium, in all probability sitting close to the dressing room staircase chiseling essential bats of the members of the Mumbai Indians squad. However a sequence of well being points has confined the bat maker to to a mattress in a suburban Mumbai hospital amid his monetary disaster.
Ashraf, the proprietor of a small store M Ashraf Bros reverse Metro Cinema in Mumbai, has been a standard title amid the Wankhede space and amongst cricketing stars. Be it India’s Sachin Tendulkar or Virat Kohli. Or Australia’s Steve Smith, South Africa’s Faf du Plessis or West Indies’s Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard. All have had their bats tinkered by Ashraf.
However well being points starting from kidney stones to different illnesses have left Ashraf on a hospital mattress with lack of funds.
He’s being now helped by well-wisher Prashant Jethmalani who has been elevating funds for his therapy.
“His scenario just isn’t good. There was some kidney stone-related downside, which has resurfaced once more and there are different problems too. The lockdown means his enterprise took a significant hit as cricket has fully come to standstill within the metropolis. He doesn’t have funds; no matter he has, it’s over,” Jethmalani instructed Indian Specific.
“We managed round two lakhs however we’d like extra. We additionally need to increase some funds for him for his sustainance within the close to future,” he provides.
Again in 2016, Ashraf had donated 16 bats to the West Indies cricket group forward of a T20 World Cup sport in Mumbai after studying that the gamers confronted monetary issues following a tussle with their cricket board. There have been even occasions when he mended bats for cricketers with out charging any cash. However COVID-19 scenario has financially damage Ashraf badly. jAnd issues turned worse when he misplaced his elder brother two months again.
“No one is asking for bats lately and with IPL occurring overseas, there shall be no work for Ashraf. Unhappy half is that many gamers owe him cash however they haven’t paid him but. Ashraf until date has by no means requested cash from them,” Jethmalani mentioned.
Jethmalani now expects cricketers to come back to Ashraf’s support.
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