It has been close to two weeks since the coronavirus applied a complete halt on cricketing action across the world. With the health concerns posed by the virus, big events such as the Indian Premier League, England's 2020 County Championship have all been pushed to later dates.
Cricketers around the world have gone into self-isolation while taking to social media to spread the importance of staying indoors and maintaining hygiene. Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar among other star Indian cricketers have urged fans to stay safe through videos on their social media accounts.
The number of cases tallied in India has gone over 900, with the country currently observing a 21-day lockdown to fight the widespread of the virus.
Amidst these testing times, quite a few cricketers and cricket associations have generously donated to help with the COVID-19 relief efforts. The Cricket Association of Bengal, Hyderabad Cricket Association and Assam Cricket Association have also offered their premises for the government to use as temporary quarantine centres.
In this article, we will have a look at the list of cricketers who have graciously donated to the cause, in addition to a few associations who have also contributed to the relief efforts.
#1 Sachin Tendulkar (₹50 lakh)
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The Master Blaster donated ₹25 lakh each to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund and Prime Minister's Relief Fund. Tendulkar has been actively involved in charity activities, having also donated to the Uttarakhand floods relief fund and most recently the Australian Red Cross.
#2 Sourav Ganguly (Rice worth ₹50 lakh)
BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly also did his bit by donating rice worth ₹50 lakh for the needy during the 21-day lockdown. Cricket Association of Bengal in a statement mentioned that the Former India captain will be distributing the rice with the help of rice brand Lal Baba Rice.
#3 Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan (4,000 face masks)
Doing our bit for the society. Whatever u guys can do please go ahead and help each other as far as sanitation is concerned.But don’t gather crowd! @iamyusufpathan #corona it’s a small start hopefully we will be keep helping more. Everyone of us... pic.twitter.com/7oG7Sx4wfF— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) March 23, 2020
Irfan Pathan took to Twitter on 23rd March to announce that he and his brother, Yusuf Pathan were donating 4,000 face masks to the health department under the banner Mehmood Khan Pathan Charitable Trust, an organisation run by their father.
#4 Shikhar Dhawan
Hi everyone remember to stay indoors & take care of your family and yourself. I have done my bit and contributed to Prime Minister @narendramodi Ji's National Relief Fund - https://t.co/39srdIyFGB— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) March 26, 2020
Encouraging all of you to help, so that together we can make a difference 🙏 pic.twitter.com/9XZ0dEEAii
Indian cricket team opener, Shikhar Dhawan in a video on Twitter urged the public to contribute to the PM's Relief Fund and their Chief Minister's Relief Fund and help out those in need. Dhawan requested fans to join hands and fight the battle against the Corona virus.
#5 Gautam Gambhir (₹50 lakh)
बिना हथियार जंग नहीं जीती जाती!— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) March 23, 2020
Corona के इलाज और उपकरणों में कोई कमी ना हो इसलिए चाहता हूँ कि अस्पतालों को मेरे सांसद फण्ड से 50 लाख दिए जाएँ. @ArvindKejriwal
घर के अंदर रहें, सावधानी और सफ़ाई रखें और
सरकार का साथ दें. @narendramodi #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/jS415AoTlo
Former Indian opening batsman Gautam Gambhir pledged to contribute ₹50 lakh from his MP LAD fund to facilitate the quick treatment and relief efforts in the government's push to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
On March 28, Gambhir also announced on Twitter that he was contributing ₹1 Crore from his MP LAD fund apart from also donating one month's worth of his salary towards the Central Relief Fund.
#6 Laxmi Ratan Shukla (3 months worth of salary)
IN THIS DIFFICULT TIMES, DID MY BIT, HUMBLY DONATED 3 MONTHS OF MY SALARY TO CM'S RELIEF FUND. PLS COME FORWARD AND STAND IN SUPPORT WITH ONE AND ALL.🙏 @MamataOfficial @AITCofficial #ShareKaro #Dilse #SupportOneAndAll pic.twitter.com/TK7ewwiSTd— Laxmi Ratan Shukla🇮🇳 (@Lshukla6) March 25, 2020
Bengal all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla, who represented India in the ODI format put out a video on Twitter in which he has urged the public to contribute in whichever way they can. The 38-year-old is understood to have contributed three months of his salary to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.
#7 Ajinkya Rahane (₹10 lakh)
This is just my tiny bit and a drop in the ocean. Will do my best to support in this difficult time. Meanwhile stay home stay safe— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) March 29, 2020
The ace Indian batsman is understood to have donated ₹10 lakh to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, continuining his active involvement in spreading the message of needing to assist the government's efforts to combat the virus.
#8 Suresh Raina (₹52 lakh)
It’s time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID19. I’m pledging ₹52 lakh for the fight against #Corona (₹31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund & ₹21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind!#StayHomeIndia @narendramodi @PMOIndia @myogiadityanath— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 28, 2020
Flamboyant left-hand batsman Suresh Raina also pledged to donate a sum of ₹52 lakh split as ₹31 lakh to the PM CARES fund and ₹21 lakh to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's Relief Fund.
Raina has featured in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 T20Is for India. He will next been seen in action for the Chennai Super Kings as part of IPL 2020.
#9 Richa Ghosh (₹1 lakh)
Teenage batting sensation Richa Ghosh, who represented India at the Women's T20 World Cup donated ₹1 lakh to the Bengal Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Richa played in the final of the tournament when she came on as a concussion substitute in place of Taniya Bhatia.
#10 Mithali Raj (₹10 lakh)
All of us need to join hands in this fight against the deadly coronavirus. I pledge to contribute my little bit - Rs. 5 lakh to The PM - CARES Fund and Rs 5 lakh to the Telangana Chief Minister’s Relief Fund . #PMCARES @PMOIndia @narendramodi Ji @TelanganaCMO https://t.co/o7kHEuIeT6— Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) March 30, 2020
Indian women's ODI team captain Mithali Raj announced on Twitter that she was donating ₹5 lakh each to the PM CARES Fund and the Telangana Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Mithali, who announced her retirement from T20Is in 2019 will lead the Indian team in the ODI World Cup next year.
#11 Poonam Yadav (₹2 lakh)
I have given my support to the PM-Cares fund and the UP CM relief fund.— Poonam Yadav (@poonam_yadav24) March 30, 2020
This is the only thing we can do in this time of crisis. I hope everyone contributes and we beat the pandemic soon.
Stay Safe everyone.@narendramodi @PMOIndia @myogiadityanath
Indian women's team leg-spinner Poonam Yadav tweeted about her contribution to the relief efforts. Poonam, who picked up 10 wickets from five matches is understood to have donated a sum of ₹2 lakh towards the PM Relief Fund and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's Fund.
#12 Deepti Sharma (₹1.5 lakh)
Indian women's cricket team all-rounder, Deepti Sharma donated ₹1.5 lakh to aid the COVID-19 relief efforts. Deepti has donated ₹50,000 to the PM CARES Fund while also contributing ₹50,000 for the UP Chief Minister's Distress Fund and West Bengal State Emergency Fund respectively.
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#1 Shahid Afridi
For #Covid19, doing my part by creating mass awareness on precautions, symptoms, dos&donts. @SAFoundationN distributed ration, installed hand sanitizers at #SFCH & made an isolation ward for ones with symptoms. Do ur part NOW by #SocialDistanacing! pic.twitter.com/qVYLMtAS2g— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 21, 2020
Pakistan star all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been doing his bit to help those in need through the Shahid Afridi Foundation. For the last week, Afridi has been actively distributing ration, essentials like soap, sanitizers to ensure the safety and hygiene of his countrymen.
List of associations that have donated to the COVID-19 relief efforts
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA), Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have made generous donations to hasten the recovery process.
#1 Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)
The BCCI, on March 28th announced that they will be contributing a massive sum of ₹51 Crores to the Prime Minister's Relief in Emergency Situations Fund.
NEWS : BCCI to contribute INR 51 crores to Prime Minister @narendramodi ji's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund— BCCI (@BCCI) March 28, 2020
More details here - https://t.co/kw1yVhOO5o pic.twitter.com/RJO2br2BAo
#2 Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB)
It has come to light that the CAB contributed a sum of ₹25 lakh to the West Bengal Emergency Relief Fund, while CAB president Avishek Dalmiya himself made a personal contribution of ₹5 lakh.
#3 Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA)
The SCA is understood to have donated ₹21 lakh each to the Chief Minister of Gujarat's Relief Fund and the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.
#4 Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA)
The Maharashtra Cricket Association pledged to contribute ₹50 lakh to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to further facilitate the government's relief efforts.
#5 Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB)
The PCB, a few days ago confirmed that Pakistan's centrally contracted players will combine to donate ₹5 million to help the government's efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
#6 Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB)
The Bangladesh Cricket Board has made an effort to collect an amount totalling to approximately 25 lakh Bangladesh Takas, with 27 cricketers donating half of their monthly salaries for the cause.
#7 Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA)
The KSCA have pledged to donate ₹1 Crore split as ₹50 lakh to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund and ₹50 lakh to the Prime Minister's Relief Fund.