Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Saturday that it will donate an amount of Rs 51 crore to the Prime Minister’s Civil Assistance and Relief to Emergency Situation Fund (PM-CARES Fund) in a bid to help the nation fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
PM Narendra Modi on Saturday urged the nation to donate generously in the current testing time as India is battling the coronary virus.
The nation is currently following a 21-day lockdown to control the spread of the virus which has left the entire world to a standstill. Following the likes of Indian cricketers Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Sachin Tendulkar, the BCCI also joined the bandwagon and announced that it would consider the PM CARES fund.
“President, Mr Saurav Ganguly, Chairman, Mr J. Shah, Hon’ble Secretary and Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), along with the affiliated state associations, on Saturday announced a donation of Rs 51 crore for 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,” BCCI said in a press release.
It further said that it is ready to give all possible help to the government and other authorities in the fight against coronavirus, which has infected more than six million people worldwide, while the lives of more than 30,000 people are believed. The cricket board is suffering heavy losses due to the epidemic as all cricket operations have been suspended in the wake of the outbreak. While international and domestic tournaments have been postponed indefinitely, the new season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been postponed from March 29 to April 15.
BCCI’s donation will go a long way in helping the government strengthen medical facilities and deal with adversities in the current testing time. Many notable personalities have already made huge donations to the government and the nation is leaving no stone unturned to fight the epidemic.