The England Men’s and Women’s team have joined hands to combat the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in their country. England is one of the worst affected countries of the world and certain eminent personalities of the country including Prince Charles and PM Boris Johnson have also been infected.
The coronavirus outbreak has had a global impact. The world has gone into isolation and things seem to worsen with days passing by. The sports spectrum has also suffered a great deal due to the outbreak of the virus and major sporting events have either been postponed or suspended in the wake of the outbreak.
With England being one of the major sufferers of the outbreak, the men’s and women’s cricket teams have come forward and provided financial support to combat the spread of the virus.
England Men’s And Women’s Teams Join Hands To Fight COVID-19
The members of England men’s cricket team have come forward in the fight against coronavirus pandemic. The contracted players will donate £500,000 and selected good causes to the England Cricket Board (ECB). The women’s cricket team will take pay cuts for three months, playing their part to combat the deadly virus. Apart from the players, coaches and other members of the support staff will also take pay cuts.
“All the players felt like it was the right response in the current climate. We know how the current situation is affecting the game and we want to help as much as we can. We will be discussing with the ECB further ways we can help the game in the coming weeks,” Heather Knight, England’s World Cup-winning captain, said.
Jos Buttler, England World Cup-winning player, had already decided to auction his shirt to raise money while Knight had signed up for NHS volunteer scheme.
Major Cricketing Events Come To A Hold After Coronavirus
Recently, the IPL 2020 was postponed till April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak. To the disappointment of the cricket fans, the India-South Africa ODI series has also been called off. Apart from it, the Road Safety World Series has also been suspended.
Earlier this month, the ECB had decided to postpone the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka due to the coronavirus pandemic. The series was to be a part of the World Test Championship (WTC).
All the English players playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) have been called back immediately and the tournament has been postponed.