India’s young women cricketer, Richa Ghosh has pledged to donate Rs. 1 Lakh to the West Bengal Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to fight the coronavirus pandemic in her state. India has been widely affected by the outbreak of the Covid-19 virus and the cases keep on increasing with each passing day.
Consequently, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi sent the states into a complete lockdown from March 25. Cricketing action in the country has also come to a standstill.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Saturday, pledged to donate Rs 51 crore in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has been wreaking havoc across the world. As of now, more than 20,000 people have succumbed to the deadly outbreak.
Richa Ghosh To Donate 1 Lakh To Combat Coronavirus
Sixteen-year-old all-rounder Richa Ghosh, who represented India in the Women’s T20 World Cup earlier this month, has donated Rs 1 lakh to the Bengal Chief Minister’s relief fund for the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Richa’s father Manabendra Ghosh went to the Siliguri district magistrate Sumanta Sahay’s residence to hand over the cheque on Saturday, Cricket Association of Bengal said.
“When everybody is fighting COVID-19 and the chief minister has appealed for a united battle against it, I thought of contributing a bit as a responsible citizen of the country,” Richa, who played two matches in the T20 World Cup including the final, said.
Eden Gardens Chief Curator Also Donated One Month’s Salary
Veteran Eden Gardens pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee has requested the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) to donate his one month’s salary to West Bengal Emergency Relief Fund, to join the fight against coronavirus pandemic. Mukherjee was also actively involved with former India all-rounder and Minister of State (sports and youth affairs) of West Bengal Laxmi Ratan Shukla as they arranged rice and pulses and distributed to the groundsmen belonging to various cricket grounds located at Kolkata Maidan.
Earlier, the CAB had announced that it would donate a sum of Rs 25 lakh to the State Administration in Corona Aid with president Avishek Dalmiya shelling Rs 5 lakh from his pocket. So far, there have been 10 coronavirus cases in West Bengal with one death.