Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Thursday donated a sum of Rs 10 crores towards a coronavirus relief fund. But a tweet from the franchise’s official handle did not reveal which exact relief fund the donation was made to. This way, SRH has become one of the forebearers in providing aid to relief efforts in the country from the cricket fraternity.
Sunrisers’ star batsman David Warner too praised the gesture by writing: “How good is this well done Sun TV Group @SunRisers”.
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 9, 2020
Several cricketers have joined forces to help fight the battle against the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has now claimed 23 lives in India.
Suresh Raina pledged Rs 52 lakh to combat the deadly virus, stating that he would be transferring Rs 31 lakh to PM-CARES Fund while the rest will be donated to UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund. Former India captains Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar have also donated Rs 50 lakh each for the cause while the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) pledged Rs 25 lakh to the West Bengal governemnt. CAB president Avishek Dalmiya has decided to contribute Rs 5 lakh on personel front.
Maharashtra Cricket associationa and Saurashtra Cricket association followed CAB’s way and contributed to their repective state governments as well.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a donation of Rs 51 crore towards the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund which has been set up by Narendra Modi to “contribute towards strengthening the nation’s disaster management capacities”.
Mr Sourav Ganguly, President, Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary and Office Bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the affiliated state associations on Saturday announced to donate INR 51 crores to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) to contribute towards strengthening the nation’s disaster management capacities and encourage research to combat COVID-19 and protect Indian citizens.
“The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-1) is first and foremost a public health emergency and the BCCI has a firm resolve that the nation gets all possible help to cope with the testing times.
“The BCCI will contribute to Hon’ble Prime Minister’s initiative which is a dedicated national fund (PM-CARES Fund) with the primary objective of dealing with emergency or distress situations.
“The Board along with its state associations will continue to monitor and work closely with the Government of India, state governments and other state regulatory bodies and are committed to providing support to the state machinery in the face of adversity,” the Indian cricket boad, which is considered to be the richest cricketing body, said in a statement.