Indian businessman and IPL founder Lalit Modi has slammed players and BCCI for their reactions towards the Covid-19 crisis in India. Modi, who currently stays in London, has said that BCCI should pledge to donate 10 percent of its last two IPL season’s earnings for Covid-19 relief. Lalit Modi also slammed players for not coming out strongly on an everyday basis for the Covid-19 crisis in India.
Lalit Modi’s words came as India is witnessing a worsening Covid-19 situation in India. The country is facing more than 3-4 lakh Covid-19 cases on a day-to-day basis. There are more than 32 lakh active cases of Covid-19 in the country at present. This has also led to a health crisis in the country, with hospitals facing issues of not having enough beds and oxygen supply for patients. Amid such a severe crisis in the country, BCCI is conducting IPL 2021 matches.
BCCI Should Donate 10 Percent Of IPL Earnings: Lalit Modi
In an interview with the newspaper Midday, Modi said that BCCI should pledge to give 10 percent of its last two IPL season’s earnings for Covid-19 relief in India. He also said that this was the time to give back to the nation.
“The BCCI should pledge to give 10 percent at least of its IPL earnings over the last two years for Covid victims and rehabilitation of the families who have lost their breadwinners. It is the fans who have made the game of cricket so big in India. This is the time to react and give back to the nation,” Lalit Modi said.
Modi also mentioned that it was very shameful for cricketers to not come out strongly over the Covid-19 crisis in India.
“Quite shameful, very, very in fact that the cricketers had not come out strongly on an everyday basis. Not to have worn black bands, not to take a knee is something that baffles me. Could have done so much more.
“I don’t know who is stopping them. Every life matters, every Indian matters, this is a time for solidarity and coming together. Let’s not forget that history will document how the Indian cricketers reacted when a calamity of this magnitude stared India in the face,” Lalit Modi further said.
Many cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli among others have come forward to donate money to the government for Covid-19 relief. Overseas cricketers Pat Cummins and Brett Lee have also donated money for the Covid-19 crisis in the country.
Meanwhile, BCCI has successfully managed to conduct IPL 2021 matches so far. BCCI has also not shown any signs of aborting the tournament and has confirmed that the tournament will not be suspended. IPL 2021 will end on May 30, 2021.