Amidst rising criticism towards holding the glitzy Indian Premier League (IPL) tourney throughout the raging COVID-19 disaster, and numerous gamers exiting the 2021 version halfway, cricketers and franchises are coming ahead to increase a serving to hand.
India and Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan and Rajasthan Royals pacer Jaydev Unadkat introduced their contribution in direction of reduction work. Whereas the previous introduced a contribution of `20 lakh plus cash from all post-match particular person awards he receives throughout the season to Mission Oxygen, the latter has stated he’ll donate 10% of his IPL wage to assist COVID-19 sufferers in want of important medical assets.
West Indies batsman Nicolas Pooran, who performs for the Punjab Kings franchise within the IPL, has additionally donated part of his IPL wage to India’s COVID-19 battle. Different cricketers who’ve introduced contributions embody Sachin Tendulkar and Brett Lee.
Nonetheless, it began with Pat Cummins, who’s a part of the Kolkata Knight Riders group. He was the primary cricketer to announce a contribution. He donated $50,000 to the PM CARES Fund final week. The gesture was lauded by followers and the cricket fraternity and appears to have prompted different gamers to observe go well with.
Although the donations are being appreciated, there’s nonetheless a requirement that the cash-rich tourney be curtailed. There’s additionally a piece of people that really feel that the BCCI itself ought to have made a donation for COVID-19 reduction work.
Cricket analyst and creator Vimal Kumar says the gamers have at all times been doing their finest to assist, however the BCCI and the IPL governing physique are remaining silent. “We have heard that the IPL body is spending a bomb for their COVID-19 protocols, but they haven’t announced anything for COVID-19 relief work. And I think that’s what is annoying the audience,” says Vimal.
Is IPL a mushy goal?
The BCCI has already introduced that IPL will go on as scheduled. The truth is, the tourney is being seen by many as a ‘welcome distraction’. Former cricketer Saad Bin Jung feedback that there must be uniformity throughout all industries.
He says that if cricket is an business, it needs to be handled on par with different corporates. “Why should IPL pay? If other corporates are paying, then you can ask BCCI. If you are going to criticise BCCI for not contributing, then criticise all other industries too. But don’t make IPL a soft target,” says Jung, including that leisure is the necessity of the hour.