The COVID-19 pandemic’s second wave in India has been wreaking havoc on a daily basis at the moment. With as many as 3.5 lakh cases being reported per day, there is a state of perpetual panic and uncertainty. On the cricketing front, the Indian Premier League (IPL) was the only major tournament which was taking place. But now, it has been suspended by the BCCI due to cases breaching the bio-bubbles.
At this juncture, before the suspension, there were a plethora of players who had made donations for India’s COVID-19 relief. These included Pat Cummins who started it all off, commentator Brett Lee, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Jaydev Unadkat, Nicholas Pooran, Sheldon Jackson, Shreevats Goswami among others. Now, Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) Jason Behrendorff has also contributed for the cause.
Jason Behrendorff announces news of donation on Twitter
Jason Behrendorff who was signed as a replacement for Josh Hazlewood, did not get to play a single game before the tournament suspended. However, that hasn’t stopped him from making a donation for a noble cause for the people of India. The left-arm pacer took to Twitter to announce that he was donating.
“Like most cricketers, India has always been a special place to me, it’s a beautiful country, the people are always welcoming, and playing cricket in India is like no other experience in the world. It is never lost on me how privileged I am to be able to play cricket for a living and travel to such countries as India, no more so than in the past 16 months,” he wrote.
“It’s really horrific and distressing seeing what is happening at the moment here and knowing there isn’t much I can do. My thoughts are never far from those here in India who are being affected by the virus. I can’t even imagine what you are going through,” he added.
“I wanted to do something to help and am making a donation to the UNICEF project for the India covid-19 crisis. I encourage anyone who has also experienced the generous hospitality of India to do the same. I know it is only small. it could never match the love and friendship India has shown me and my family over the years but I hope it can make even the slightest difference,” he signed off.