The novel coronavirus pandemic has been wreaking havoc everywhere the world and is now engulfing South Asia including India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in its vile grip. As a result, many public personalities across the planet are coming forward to try to to their bit to assist the fightback. Cricket isn't untouched with the foremost recent example beginning of Bangladesh where 27 premier cricketers including the likes of ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim have decided to donate half their monthly salaries to assist fight the Covid-19 disaster.
A total of 31 lakh Bangladesh Takas including tax deductions are going to be pooled from the players' salaries, as confirmed by Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) cricket operations and national team manager Sabbir on Wednesday.
Earlier, Iqbal released a joint statement of the players declaring their intention.
"...The outbreak of coronavirus is additionally increasing in Bangladesh. We, the cricketers, try to aware people in social media to require necessary steps to stop this pandemic...we are 27 cricketers giving half our monthly salaries to assist against coronavirus. After excluding the tax the quantity could be approximately 25 lakh around," read the joint statement shared by Iqbal.
Tamim also urged the populace to be responsible and occupy range in order to survive the pandemic.
"... If we will take the responsibilities and check out to form contributions wholeheartedly instead of criticizing others, then we will win the war against coronavirus. Everyone, please stay home, stay safe. be and keep our country safe."
Meanwhile, former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has also earned praise from all quarters, including his yesteryear on-field rival Harbhajan Singh for donating disinfectant soap, material and food to the needy in his country.
Harbhajan praised Afridi's gesture by writing: "Great work for humanity @SAfridiOfficial May god bless us all.. more power to you.. praying for world’s well being.. Nanak naam chardikala tere bhaane sarbat da bhala"
Elsewhere, Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo and agent Jorge Mendes joined forces on Tuesday to donate lifesaving equipment to Portuguese hospitals struggling to treat patients with coronavirus.
The two will donate equipment for 2 wards at Lisbon's Santa Maria hospital, providing the wards with 10 beds each, ventilators, heart monitors, infusion pumps and syringes, the hospital said during a statement.