Bengaluru, March 29: The Coronavirus pandemic has put the breaks on sporting events across the world. To help contain the spread of the novel virus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown.
The PM also introduced a dedicated national fund, the PM-CARES Fund, which will help India cope with the virus. With no matches to play and locked in their homes, cricketers around the world have taken to social media to spread the importance of social distancing and hygiene and urged fans to stay indoors. Several current and former cricketers also stepped up and donated to the PM’s Relief Fund to help the country cope with these testing times. Apart from the cricketers, the state associations have also donated to their state governments and to the PM’s Relief fund as well. The state associations have also offered their premises to be used as temporary quarantine centres. The BCCI on Saturday donated Rs. 51 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) contributed 25 lakhs). The Saurashtra Cricket Association pitched in with a 21 lakh donation. While the Maharashtra Cricket Association donated Rs. 50 lakh, the Karnataka State Association donated a crore towards India’s fight against the novel virus. Here Starsport HD takes a look at the Indian Cricket Team and BCCI Donation List fight against the coronavirus .
Sourav Ganguly (Rice worth Rs. 50 Lakh)
Sourav Ganguly (Rice worth Rs. 50 Lakh): BCCI President Sourav Ganguly donated rice worth Rs. 50lakh for the needy to help during the 21-day lockdown. The BCCI contributed Rs. 51 crore towards the PM’s fund.
Sachin Tendulkar (Rs. 50 Lakh)
Sachin Tendulkar (Rs. 50 Lakh): The legendary cricketer who has been urging fans to follow protocol and stay indoors also did his bit as the Master Blaster donated Rs. 25 lakh each to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund and the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
Shikhar Dhawan: The Indian opener posted a video on social media stating that he had donated to the PM’s Relief Fund to help India in their fight against Coronavirus. The Indian batsman also urged the public to contribute to the PM’s Fund as well as the Chief Minister’s Fund.
Gautam Gambhir (Rs. 50 Lakh)
Gautam Gambhir (Rs. 50 Lakh): Former Indian batsman turned MP Gautam Gambhir also did his bit as he contributed Rs. 1 crore from his MP LAD fund. The former cricketer also donated one month’s salary. Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan (4000 masks):
The Pathan brothers helped India’s fight as Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan donated 4000 face masks. The duo donated the masks to the health department under the banner Mehmood Khan Pathan Charitable Trust, which is run by their father.
Ajinkya Rahane (Rs. 10 Lakh)
Ajinkya Rahane (Rs. 10 Lakh): The Indian batsman donated Rs. 10 lakh to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Suresh Raina (Rs. 52 lakh)
Suresh Raina (Rs. 52 lakh): Suresh Raina did his bit as he pledged to donate Rs. 52 lakh. The left-handed batsman donated Rs. 31 lakh to the PM’s fund and Rs. 21 lakh to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Laxmi Ratan Shukla (3 months worth of salary): Bengal player Laxmi Ratan Shukla contributed three months’ salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Richa Ghosh (Rs. 1 Lakh): 16-year-old Richa Ghosh, who represented India in the recently concluded Women’s T20 World Cup, donated Rs. 1 lakh towards the Bengal Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.
Virat Kohli – undisclosed amount
Virat Kohli – undisclosed amount India captain Virat Kohli and Anushka announced through Twitter contributing to the Prime Minister’s and Chief Minister of Maharashtra’s relief funds, even though they did not disclose the amount donated.
Mithali Raj – Rs 5 lakh
Mithali Raj – Rs 5 lakh Indian women’s cricket team’s captain in the ODIs, Mithali Raj contributed a sum of Rs 5 lakh.