Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Pat Cummins has been in the news ever since donating a huge sum of money for the purchase of oxygen cylinders for the treatment of COVID-19. While the game is trying to bring some relief and joy in these testing times a certain section of the society believes that the tournament should be scraped this year amid the growing crisis. Pat, however, believes that ending IPL is not the answer to battling the dreaded virus.
“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,” he said to WION.
Pat Cummins further said looking at the second wave, groups have been formed in Australia to help the country. “People in Australia would also like to help, so we are planning to set up something there to direct the resources to some charity over here,” the world number one Test bowler said.
Ending IPL Not The Answer To Fighting COVID: Pat Cummins
Asked about his decision to donate towards the PM CARES Fund, Cummins said: “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. (Team owner and Bollywood superstar) Shahrukh (Khan) donated (money) himself and that is the way to go.”
The Aussie pacer has picked up six wickets so far in IPL 2021 besides scoring 82 runs with the bat which included an unbeaten 66 against CSK.
KKR are playing Delhi Capitals in their seventh match of the season later tonight. They are on four points from six games and would like to continue their winning run. KKR beat Punjab Kings after four consecutive losses in their last game.