Kolkata Knight Riders’ pacer Pat Cummins believes that ending IPL 2021 is not a solution for the rising Covid-19 pandemic in India. BCCI has been facing criticisms by many for conducting IPL 2021 within the country at a time when Covid-19 cases are rising. The 2nd wave of Covid-19 has become a huge concern for the Indian government and people. More than 3 lakh cases of Covid-19 are arriving on daily basis, causing a huge health crisis within the country.
The active cases of Covid-19 have crossed 28 lakh and many states like Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Haryana among others have imposed partial lockdowns. BCCI has managed to successfully conduct IPL 2021 matches so far but many feel that conducting IPL 2021 in such a sensitive situation is not appropriate. However, Pat Cummins feels that cancelling IPL 2021 is not an answer.
Don’t Think Ending IPL Is The Answer: Pat Cummins
During an interview with WION, Cummins said that ending IPL 2021 is not an answer as the tournament is not taking resources out of the front line.
“I don’t think ending the IPL is the answer. We are doing everything we can to make sure we don’t take any resources out of the front line.
“I don’t think so (it’s the solution). Of course, there’s an aspect that playing every night for three-four hours hopefully contributes to people staying home as it has been a hard routine for them and we can help them get through each day,” Pat Cummins said.
The top-ranked Test bowler Pat Cummins also revealed why he decided to donate money to PM Cares Fund to fight Covid-19.
“Just chatting with a couple of guys here at Kolkata Knight Riders and they have been really generous in their donation to the PM Cares fund over the last year. Shahrukh (Khan) donated (money) himself and that is the way to go.”
Australian cricketer Cummins recently donated 50 thousand US dollars to the PM Cares fund as a help towards fighting Covid-19.
Brett Lee is another Australian cricketer who has come forward to donate money to India. Many foreign countries like United States, UK, Canada among others have lent a helping hand to India to fight the worsening condition of Covid-19.