Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins donated $50,000 to “purchase oxygen supplies for Indian hospitals”

The Kolkata Knight Riders’ Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins donated $50,000 to “purchase oxygen supplies for Indian hospitals”. Cummins, the first cricketer to publicly announce such a contribution to this year’s IPL, took to Twitter to urge his fellow IPL players to contribute.

“There’s been a lot of discussion about whether it’s appropriate to run the IPL at a time when the rate of Covid-19 infections is high,” Cummins wrote. “I have suggested that the Government of India has taken the view that playing IPL while the population is in lockdown gives a few hours of joy and leisure every day at any other difficult time for the country.

As a player, we have a platform that allows us to reach millions of people that we can put to good use, keeping in mind that I have contributed specifically to the ‘Prime Minister’s Care Fund’ to purchase oxygen supplies to “Hospitals in India”.

On Sunday night, Delhi Capital’s IPL player Ravi Ashwin also pulled out at the end of his team’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad that he wanted to stay with his family as soon as they fought the epidemic.

Cummins, in his note, urged other cricketers to try and make a difference.

“I have encouraged my fellow IPL players – and anyone else in the world – to be inspired by India’s passion and generosity – I will kick it off with $ 50,000,” he wrote. “It’s easy to feel helpless at a time like this. I know my donation isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, but I hope it will make a difference to someone.

India is currently battling a vicious wave of the Covid-19 epidemic, with more than 300,000 new cases being monitored in a single day last week – the highest in any country since the epidemic broke out last year.

The country’s fragile healthcare system is struggling to cope and appeals for beds, medicines, vaccines, and oxygen have dominated Indian social media since early April. Since the start of the IPL on April 9, more than 25,000 people have died there.

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