IPL 2021: Former cricketer-turned-commentator Brett Lee joined fellow Aussie and Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Pat Cummins to help India fight against Covid-19. Lee on Tuesday announced a donation fr 1 Bitcoin (INR 41.03 lakhs approx) to ‘Crypto Relief’ for the purchase of oxygen supplies. He made the announcement on his personal Twitter handle and wrote: “I feel privileged to be in the position of making a difference and with that in mind, I’d like to donate 1 BTC (Bitcoin) to Crypto Relief to help the purchase of oxygen supplies for hospitals across India,” he wrote.
— Brett Lee (@BrettLee_58) April 27, 2021
Earlier, Cummins informed he has donated to PM-Cares fund to help purchase oxygen supplies for India’s hospitals. He also urged fellow players who are participating in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, to come forward and donate for the same. The Australian pacer has donated $50,000 to the PM-Cares Fund.
“India is a country I’ve come to love dearly over the years and the people here are some of the warmest and kindest I’ve ever met. To know so many are suffering so much at this time saddens me greatly,” Cummins said in a statement on Twitter.
“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.
“As players, we are privileged to have a platform that allows us to reach millions of people that we can use for good. With that in mind, I have made a contribution to the “PM Cares Fund,” specifically to purchase oxygen supplies for India’s hospitals,” he informed.
“I encourage my fellow IPL players — and anyone around else the world who has been touched by India’s passion and generosity — to contribute. I will kick it off with $50,000,” Cummins added.
The KKR pacer is hopeful that the amount he has donated will make a difference to someone amid the rising COVID-19 cases in India.
This comes after several Australian cricketers opted out of the ongoing IPL. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday confirmed that two Australian players — Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson — will be heading back for personal reasons.
Rajasthan Royals pacer Andrew Tye opted out of the ongoing tournament on Sunday. India and Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has also announced that he would be taking a break from the ongoing IPL season as he wants to extend support to his family who are currently battling Covid-19.