Rajasthan Royals fast-bowler Jaydev Unadkat and Punjab Kings middle order batsman Nicholas Pooran announced that they will donate a part of their IPL salaries towards COVID relief. India is currently battling a tsunami of COVID-19 infections as they’re hit by the second wave of the deadly virus. In these testing times, numerous players, who are currently in India, playing the IPL 2021, are offering help through donations to the charity.
I am contributing 10% of my IPL salary towards providing essential medical resources for those in need. My family will make sure it reaches the right places. Jai Hind! pic.twitter.com/XvAOayUEcd
— Jaydev Unadkat (@JUnadkat) April 30, 2021
“I am contributing 10% of my IPL salary towards providing essential medical resources for those in need. My family will make sure it reaches the right places. Jai Hind!” Unadkat wrote while making the announcement on Twitter.
Urging people to stay safe, Unadkat shared a message through a video in the tweet. He said, “Our country is going through a lot of distress and for that matter I know how privileged we are to be in this position to play cricket.”
“I also know how painful a personal loss can be and how worrying it can be to witness your close friends fighting for their lives. I have been through both.”
About staging the IPL, the spearhead said, “I am not saying it is right or wrong to play cricket at the moment but honestly, it is difficult to stay away from family and friends in this situation.”
“All I feel is that this game brings a much needed distraction and brings joy for many. My heart goes to all those affected at this time. Please be strong,” he concluded.
His franchise Rajasthan Royals has raised INR 7.5 crores to help India fight the pandemic. They took to Twitter to release the news.
$1 million* 🙈😊
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 29, 2021
Along with him, Punjab Kings middle-order batsman Nicholas Pooran also announced that he will be donating a part of his salary for the COVID relief efforts.
“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 and financial assistance to this dire situation,” Pooran said in a video.
“To all my fans and supporters, I realise 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,” he added.
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 and financial assistance to this dire situation.#PrayForIndia pic.twitter.com/xAnXrwMVTu
— nicholas pooran #29 (@nicholas_47) April 30, 2021
Meanwhile, Punjab Kings also announced their contribution for providing oxygen cylinders with the help of a charity. “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.
Keep an eye on our social media channels for more details on how one can contribute to this cause.
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) April 30, 2021