Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) cricketer Pat Cummins has donated a sum of USD 50,000 to the Indian PM Cares Fund due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country. India is currently in the midst of the second wave of COVID-19 and there is an unprecedented increase in the number of cases every day with as much as 3 lakh and more cases being reported with many not getting reported as well.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the only big sporting tournament to take place in the country at this juncture with strict protocols and bio-bubbles being employed. A plethora of cricketers like AJ Tye, Liam Livingstone, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa have already withdrawn from the tournament due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic in India and around the world.
Pat Cummins encourages IPL players to donate
Pat Cummins took to Twitter today to announce that he had donated an amount of USD 50,000 to the PM Cares Fund while also encouraging fellow IPL players to donate due to the fact that there has been a lot of discussion about whether the IPL should continue to take place with the country in such a huge crisis.
“There has been quite a bit of discussion over here as to whether it is appropriate for the IPL to continue while Covid-19 infection rates remain high. I’m advised that the Indian government is of the view that playing the IPL while the population is in lockdown provides a few hours of joy and respite each day at an otherwise difficult time for the country,” Cummins said in a statement on Twitter.
“I encourage my fellow IPL players – and anyone else around the world who has been touched by India’s passion and generosity – to contribute. I will kick it off with $50,000,” he added before saying, “I know my donation isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, but I hope it will make a difference to someone.“
With such a noble gesture and an idea being put forth by Pat Cummins, there is a great chance that more players follow suit.