IPL 2021: Pat Cummins reveals he donated to UNICEF Australia and not PM Cares Fund

Pat Cummins was the first player to donate for COVID-19 relief in India.

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Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins

Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer Pat Cummins has revealed today that the donation of USD 50,000 which he made to India for COVID-19 relief was done to UNICEF Australia and not India’s PM Cares Fund as he initially had stated. The bowler revealed the same in a reply to a tweet by Cricket Australia which announced that the body had donated USD 50,000 to UNICEF Australia.

Cummins was the first player taking part to donate for the cause when he contributed the sum of money. After him, commentator and fellow Aussie Brett Lee also donated for the cause as he contributed 1 BitCoin. The likes of Shreevats Goswami, Sheldon Jackson, Jaydev Unadkat, Nicholas Pooran, Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan followed as did various franchises of the IPL.

Pat Cummins says he ‘ended up’ donating to UNICEF

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins celebrates a wicket

Pat Cummins had announced that he was donating on the 26th of April and in a statement that he put out, he had stated that he was donating to India’s PM Cares Fund. While the decision to donate received unanimous praise and approval, some people weren’t happy with the same being done to the PM Cares Fund.

Now, Cummins has revealed in a reply to Cricket Australia’s statement announcing their donation where he said, “Terrific work
@CricketAus. FYI I ended up allocating my donation to UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal. If you’re able to, please join many others in supporting this here.”

Meanwhile, Cummins’ KKR have been hit by a COVID-19 crisis as two of their players Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier have tested positive for the virus. The side’s match today against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has been postponed.

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