The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented disruption in the world of sports. Major cricket events are cancelled or postponed as cricket playing nations remain in lockdown. However, being confined to their homes has not stopped some cricketers using their fighting spirit in a different type of contest. Let’s take a look at some cricketers who are investing their time, money and celebrity influence to fight the deadly virus.
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England wicket-keeper batsman and member of the 2019 World Cup squad Jos Buttler has stepped up during testing times, donating the shirt he wore in the Final, complete with team signatures. The charity auction raised £65100 for two London hospitals!
The legendary Indian cricketer is using his massive social media influence, urging fans to follow social-distancing protocols. He has personally donated over $60,000 to the Chief Minister’s and Prime Minister’s relief funds in India.
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Arguably the greatest left-arm fast bowler, Wasim Akram regularly uses his social media accounts to encourage Pakistanis to support Prime Minister Imran Khan and donate to the special relief fund. Akram himself has donated $6,000 to the cause.
Australia cricket legend Shane Warne has instructed his gin distillery to start manufacturing 70 per cent alcohol hand sanitizers, providing them at the cost to two Western Australia hospitals.
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England’s Test captain has become the new Patron for the Children’s Hospital Charity which supports Sheffield Children's Hospital. He will help to raise awareness as well as getting involved in fundraising efforts. raising awareness for the institute. Root and the other members of the England group of centrally-contracted players have also donated an initial £500000 to the ECB and charitable causes, as well as agreeing to a reduction in salary.
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Pakistan legend Boom Boom Afridi is running an active welfare drive under the banner of his Shahid Afridi Foundation. He is currently on a tour of remote areas of Pakistan, delivering food, medical supplies and essential goods to the people affected by the outbreak.
Inspired by the generosity and efforts of these cricketers? You can also help the fight against COVID-19 by donating to the charities working in your area to help stop the spread of this deadly disease.
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