GPTV SPORTS DESK: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has contributed Rs 51 crore to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund to help fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly took to Twitter to make the announcement on Saturday.
NEWS : BCCI to contribute INR 51 crores to Prime Minister @narendramodi ji’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund More details here – https://t.co/kw1yVhOO5o pic.twitter.com/RJO2br2BAo— BCCI (@BCCI) March 28, 2020
“Mr Sourav Ganguly, President, Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary and Office Bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the affiliated state associations on Saturday announced to donate INR 51 crores to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) to contribute towards strengthening the nation’s disaster management capacities and encourage research to combat COVID-19 and protect Indian citizens,” the board said in a press release.
“The outbreak of the Coronavirus is first and foremost a public health emergency and the BCCI has a firm resolve that the nation gets all possible help to cope with the testing times,” the release added.
“The BCCI will contribute to Hon’ble Prime Minister’s initiative which is a dedicated national fund (PM-CARES Fund) with the primary objective of dealing with emergency or distress situations,” the statement added further.
Earlier on the same day, India batsman Suresh Raina took to Twitter to announce that he has donated Rs 52 lakh to fight the pandemic.
On Friday, Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar donated Rs 50 lakh to fight against the coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc worldwide.