West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran who is a part of the Punjab Kings squad in the IPL 2021 took to social media to announce that he will be donating a portion of his IPL salary to support India’s fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“Although many other countries are still being affected by the pandemic, the situation in India right now is particularly severe. I will do my part to bring awareness & financial assistance to this dire situation,” Nicholas Pooran captioned the video on Twitter.
“To all my fans and supporters, I realize I am in a safe and privileged position here in India at the IPL. But it is heartbreaking to be so close to the tragedy that is surrounding us. I would like to donate a portion of my IPL salary towards this (Covid) crisis in India,” Nicholas Pooran said in the video.
Earlier on Friday, Pooran’s IPL franchise PBKS pledged to provide oxygen concentrators by joining hands with an NGO — Round Table India.
“To help the fight against #COVID19 in India, #PBKS has pledged to provide oxygen concentrators with the help of @roundtableindia! We also request everyone to join in and help in whatever way possible because together, we can,” Punjab Kings tweeted.
On Thursday, Rajasthan Royals & Delhi Capitals also donated funds to support COVID-19 relief work in the country. Cricketers like Pat Cummins, Brett Lee & Sachin Tendulkar have provided financial assistance to help India in the fight against COVID-19.
Pat Cummins donated US $50,000 to the ‘PM Cares Fund’ to help India with oxygen purchase. Whereas Brett Lee donated 1 Bitcoin whose value comes to approximately 40, 95,991 Rupees to help India with the purchase of oxygen supply for hospitals across the country. Legendary Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday informed that he has donated to the cause of ‘Mission Oxygen’ in order to help the Country fight the second wave of COVID-19.