Australian pacer Pat Cummins, playing for KKR in IPL-21, donated $50,000 to PM Cares fund to help India in the fight against covid-19.
He also urged fellow players in the IPL to help India in the war against the pandemic.
Pat Cummins, in a statement on social media, said he has made the donation to the PM Cares Fund, specifically to purchase oxygen supplies for India’s hospitals.
Taking to social media, Cummins said it saddens him to see the suffering of people outside the bio-bubbles of IPL in the country. IPL 2021 is being held in strict bio-bubble environments across 6 major cities in India, which has been hit hard by the second wave of Covid-19.
— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) April 26, 2021
“India is a country I have come to love dearly over the years and the people here are one of the warmest and kindest I have met. To know so many are suffering so much this time saddens me greatly,” Cummins.
“There has been quite a bit of discussion over here whether it is appropriate for IPL to continue while Covid-19 infection rates remain high. I am 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,” he added.
“As players, we are privileged to have a platform that allows us to reach millions of people that we can use for good. With that in mind, I have made a contribution to the ‘PM Cares Fund’, specifically to purchase oxygen supplies for India’s hospitals.
“I encourage my fellow IPL players – and anyone around else the world who has been touched by India’s passion and generosity – to contribute. I will kick it off with $50,000.”