Pat Cummins, an Australian cricketer and KKR player donated $50000 to the 'PM Cares Fund' on Monday to help India's hospitals buy oxygen supplies. Cummins, who is in India for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League, also urged fellow IPL cricketers to lend a hand to India in times of need.
Cummins said a statement on his Twitter handle, ”There has been quite a bit of discussion over here as to whether it is appropriate for the IPL to continue while Covid-19 infection rates remain high. I'm advised that the Indian government is of the view that playing the IPL while the population is in lockdown provides a few hours of joy and respite each day at an otherwise difficult time for the country”.
"I encourage my fellow IPL players - and anyone else around the world who has been touched by India's passion and generosity - to contribute. I will kick it off with $50,000."
Meanwhile, as the coronavirus situation in India has escalated, three Australian cricketers have left the IPL bio-bubble. Kane Richardson and Adam Zampa of Royal Challengers Bangalore had dropped out earlier in the day due to personal reasons. Rajasthan Royals pacer Andrew Tye had previously left for Perth, fearful of being "locked out" of his own country due to the situation in India.
After nearly ten months in a bio-secure climate, England's Liam Livingstone returned home last week, citing "bubble fatigue."
IPL 2021 consists of 20 matches, with games taking place in Chennai and Mumbai. The wagon is now on its way to Delhi, India's capital, and Ahmedabad, Gujarat.