Punjab Kings West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran has decided to donate a portion of his IPL salary to help fight the deadly revival of the Kovid-19 epidemic in India.
Many people across the country are dying in the wake of the second wave of the epidemic. More than 3.86 lakh latest COVID cases have been reported in India since Thursday.
Pooran asked the Indians to quickly vaccinate themselves.
“If you can get vaccinated, please, I keep praying for India. I would also like to donate a portion of my IPL salary to this crisis,” Pooran said in a video posted on Twitter.
While many other countries are still plagued by the epidemic, the situation in India at present is particularly dire. I will do my part to bring awareness and financial assistance on this dire situation.#PrayForIndia pic.twitter.com/xAnXrwMVTu
– Nicholas Pooran # 29 (Nicholas_47) April 30, 2021
The 25-year-old cricketer from Trinidad is aware that an unprecedented health crisis is looming over India’s overburdened medical infrastructure.
“To my fans and supporters around the world and back home, I realized that I am in a safe and remarkable position in the IPL here in India.
“But being close to such a tragedy happening around us is also heartbreaking. For a country that has shown us so much love and support over the years, all I can do is join hands with my fellow players to bring some awareness on this situation in India.
“The health care system is currently sinking. People can’t get the care they need because of the lack of oxygen supply, I don’t understand getting started,” Pooran said.
Pooran, who has played a total of six matches for PBKS in IPL 2021 so far, also expressed his desire to play a role after his franchise also provided support by providing oxygen concentrators.
“While many other countries are still plagued, the situation in India right now is particularly dire. I will do my part to bring awareness and financial assistance on this catastrophic situation,” Pooran tweeted.