Cricket Association of Bengal, president Avishek Dalmiya pledge Rs 30 lakh to assist fight Covid-19 pandemic
The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Wednesday announced that it might donate Rs 25 lakh to West Bengal state administration to assist combat the outbreak of novel coronavirus within the country.
CAB president Avishek Dalmiya has also pledged Rs 5 lakh within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Bengal cricket body has become the primary state association to pledge monetary support for tackling the crisis situation in India.
Avishek Dalmiya said the CAB is in talks with the government on the way to donate the cash which they're able to offer further assistance.
"We have decided to donate a sum of Rs 25 lakh and personally i will be able to be donating Rs 5 lakh. We're in talks with the government on the way to donate the cash ," CAB president Avishek Dalmiya told PTI.
"We are perhaps browsing the darkest phase of human civilisation when worldwide lives are lost to novel coronavirus. Cricket stands for Unity. It also stands for humanity. Therefore, we've decided to donate the quantity to the Emergency Relief Fund to be utilized in combating this disease."
Earlier within the day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said the CAB is prepared to supply Eden Gardens indoor facility and players dormitory to the West Bengal government to be used as quarantine facilities.
"If government asks us, we'll certainly fork over the power . Anything that's need of the hour, we'll roll in the hay . there's absolutely no problem," Sourav Ganguly said.
The Covid-19 outbreak has brought life to standstill in India with quite 590 reported case and 11 deaths as of Annunciation .
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a 21-day lockdown within the country during a bid to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Ganguly had taken to social media on Tuesday to share a glimpse of the lockdown in Kolkata and urged the guy countrymen to remain safe.
"Never thought would see my city like this .. stay safe .. this may change soon for the higher ...love and affection to all or any ...," Ganguly posted on his Twitter page alongside images of deserted roads.