IPL 2021: Punjab Kings’ Nicholas Pooran says IPL suspension ‘heartbreaking but necessary’ as he returns home – Punjab Kings batsman Nicholas Pooran left India as overseas cricketers began leaving for their home countries as soon as IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely due to rising cases of COVID-19 inside IPL’s bio-bubble. Pooran in a tweet on Friday morning said the suspension was heartbreaking but necessary.
“The suspension of the tournament and the reasons behind it are heartbreaking but necessary. See you soon IPL!” Nicholas Pooran, West Indies’ star batsman tweeted.
The suspension of the tournament and the reasons behind it are heart breaking, but neccessary. See you soon IPL!
In the meantime I’ll be using this picture as my motivation to come back stronger than ever. Keep safe everyone. pic.twitter.com/NS0SyliX5i
— nicholas pooran #29 (@nicholas_47) May 6, 2021
The Punjab Kings’ middle-order batsman also addressed his poor form in the IPL 2021 where he scored four ducks in 7 innings with the highest score being 19 off as many balls. It has been a disastrous season for Nicholas Pooran, who did well last season, scoring 353 runs in 14 matches at a strike rate of 169.71 including two half-centuries.
“In the meantime, I’ll be using this picture as my motivation to come back stronger than ever. Keep safe everyone,” Nicholas Pooran added in the tweet with the picture of his scores in IPL 2021.
Earlier, Nicholas Pooran announced that he would donate a portion of his IPL 2021 salary to help India fight the COVID-19 pandemic. His franchise Punjab Kings also pledged funds for oxygen concentrators as India struggled with oxygen supply.
“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,” Nicholas Pooran said.
Punjab Kings also took to Twitter to announce that they would do their bit in helping fund the purchase of oxygen concentrators across the country. “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,” Punjab Kings tweeted.
After the IPL 2021 got suspended, BCCI made necessary arrangements for foreign players to return home. While most of the players were sent home on the earliest available flights, Australian cricketers had to be relocated to the Maldives where they will wait for the travel ban to ease. The Australian government had banned travellers from India including its own citizens, triggering a mixed reaction in the country.