Coronavirus: Laxmi Ratan Shukla Donates MLA Salary, BCCI Pension
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Coronavirus: Laxmi Ratan Shukla Donates MLA Salary, BCCI Pension

Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Bengal
Laxmi Ratan Shukla (Credits - Twitter)

In a bid to fight against novel coronavirus, former India cricketer and West Bengal sports minister Laxmi Ratan Shukla, has donated three months MLA salary and BCCI pension for the same duration.

According to a report in PTI, as of now, 735 have tested positive in India with Bengal recording 10 such cases along with one death. The national death toll has touched 17 in the deadly outbreak, which has killed more than 24,000 globally.

Need of the hour to contribute: Laxmi Ratan Shukla

Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Bengal
Laxmi Ratan Shukla (Credits – Twitter)

Laxman Ratan Shukla, who scored 6217 runs for Bengal in first-class cricket, said contributing the best of ones ability is the need of the hour.

“It is the need of the hour that we all contribute to the best of our abilities. I have already donated three months of my MLA salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Also, I get pension from BCCI. I have donated three months of my BCCI pension,” Shukla told PTI on Friday.

Laxmi Ratan Shukla career

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Chennai Super Kings fielder Michael Hussey (C) celebrates and his teammate Suresh Raina celebrate the dismissal of Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Laxmi Ratan Shukla during the IPL Twenty20 cricket final match between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 27, 2012. RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. MOBILE USE WITHIN NEWS PACKAGE. AFP PHOTO/Manjunath KIRAN (Photo credit should read Manjunath Kiran/AFP/GettyImages)

Shukla, 38, played 137 FC matches. He maintained a decent batting average of over 35 during this course. He played three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) for India and 141 List A matches, where he scored 2997 runs, with four centuries and 13 half-centuries to his name.

In the Indian Premier League (IPL), he played for the Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils. He made some important contributions for the Kolkata franchise during the  inaugural editions.