Covid 19: Cricketers, Teams step up to help India fight against pandemic

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The second wave of COVID-19 has caused concern in the ongoing Indian T20 League, with several cricketers withdrawing from the competition. However, a few former and current cricketers have stepped forward to help alleviate the crisis in the country.

Here’s the full list of those players who are donning the superhero cape for India’s battle against the rising COVID-19 cases.

Cricket Australia donates $50,000

Cricket Australia donated $50,000 (Australian) to help India tackle the COVID-19 pandemic on Monday, May 3.

They’re also collaborating with UNICEF and the players union to raise more money.

Bangalore franchise to make financial contribution for oxygen support, to wear ‘special jersey’ to raise funds

Team Bangalore, led by Virat Kohli, pledged financial support for infrastructure “linked to oxygen support” in India’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic on Sunday.

The team will also raise money by auctioning off exclusive blue jerseys that will be worn by players.

Pandya brothers to donate 200 oxygen concentrators for Covid 19 patients

Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya have pledged to donate 200 oxygen concentrators to the rural parts of India.

“We all understand the difficulty that our country is undergoing at this period of time. Gratitude to all the medical staff, frontline workers and all the individuals who have come out and held their hands at such times to fight out the battle,” Hardik said in a pre-match interview on Saturday.

Punjab franchise to help provide oxygen concentrators

The Punjab franchise took Twitter to announce that they have pledged funds towards providing oxygen concentrators across the country for Covid 19 patients.

“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! #SaddaPunjab #Unite2FightCorona”.

Team Delhi start “Project Plasma” initiative

Team Delhi has partnered with Fever FM to launch “Project Plasma,” a campaign encouraging COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma.

Given that Delhi is one of the worst-affected cities in the world. The Indian T20 League team is attempting to link survivors with patients in need of plasma at various hospitals.

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