IPL 2021: KKR all-rounder Pat Cummins donates $50,000 to PM Cares Fund for India’s fight against COVID-19

Australia and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) pacer Pat Cummins on Monday knowledgeable he has donated to PM-Cares fund to assist buy oxygen provides for India’s hospitals.

Last week, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) mentioned in step with PM Narendra Modi’s path of boosting the supply of oxygen to hospitals, the PM CARES Fund has given in-principle approval for allocation of funds for set up of 551 devoted Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) Medical Oxygen Generation Plants inside public well being amenities throughout the nation.

Cummins also urged fellow players who are participating in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, to come ahead and donate for the identical. The Australian pacer has donated $50,000 to the PM-Cares Fund.

“India is a country I’ve come to love dearly over the years and the people here are some of the warmest and kindest I’ve ever met. To know so many are suffering so much at this time saddens me greatly,” Cummins mentioned in an announcement on Twitter.

“There has been fairly a bit of dialogue over right here as to whether or not it’s applicable for the IPL to proceed whereas COVID-19 an infection charges stay excessive. I’m suggested that the Indian Government is of the view that taking part in the IPL whereas the inhabitants is in lockdown supplies just a few hours of pleasure and respite every day at an in any other case tough time for the nation.

“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,” he knowledgeable.

“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,” Cummins added.

The KKR pacer is hopeful that the quantity he has donated will make a distinction to somebody amid the rising COVID-19 circumstances in India.

“At times like this it is easy to feel helpless. I’ve certainly felt that of late. But I hope by making this public appeal we can all channel our emotions into action that will bring light into people’s lives,” mentioned Cummins.

“I know my donation isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, but I hope it will make a difference to someone,” he added.

This comes after a number of Australian cricketers opted out of the continued IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday confirmed that two Australian gamers — Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson — might be heading again for private causes.

Rajasthan Royals pacer Andrew Tye opted out of the continued event on Sunday. India and Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has additionally introduced that he could be taking a break from the continued IPL season as he desires to prolong help to his household who’re at present battling Covid-19.

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