The Indian Premier League (IPL) is the only major sporting event which is taking place in India amidst the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deadly virus is accounting for as many as 3 lakh positive cases and more each day, leading to a plethora of problems including the shortage of oxygen. The country is well and truly in a dire situation and nations around the world are looking at India with concern.
A few cricketer have withdrawn from the IPL due to concern surrounding the situation. Amidst the cloud of doubt over the tournament, Pat Cummins of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) donated an amount of USD 50,000 to the PM Cares fund yesterday, calling for more cricketers to follow suit. Today, his teammate Sheldon Jackson has contributed an undisclosed amount to the Gautam Gambhir Foundation.
Sheldon Jackson releases statement on Twitter
Sheldon Jackson took to Twitter today to state that he had donated to the Gautam Gambhir Foundation. He wrote, “In these difficult times for our beloved country, my heart goes out to everyone who is suffering. I pray that the good times return sooner rather than later. I request you all to please follow the SOPs as directed by the authorities, please stay home as much as possible and wear your masks at all times when you step outside.”
“I have made a humble contribution towards the Gautam Gambhir Foundation (GGF) who are doing an excellent job in helping as many people as possible. I urge you all to do the same and donate whatever amount you can to your trusted fund or organization as every rupee counts the fight against COVID-19. Please stay safe and stay healthy!” his statement added.
Soon after he released his statement, Jackson has been flooded with messages of appreciation from fans and cricketers.