Bangladesh players have decided to donate half their monthly salaries to help coronavirus fightback in the country (Reuters)
- Everyone, please stay home, stay safe: Tamim Iqbal
- About 25 lakh Bangladesh Takas will be donated to coronavirus relief efforts in Bangladesh
- Harbhajan Singh praised Shahid Afridi for donating soap and food in Pakistan
The novel coronavirus pandemic has been wreaking havoc all over the globe and is now engulfing South Asia including India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in its vile grip. As a result, many public personalities across the world have been coming forward to do their bit to help the fightback. Cricket is not untouched with the most recent example coming out of Bangladesh where 27 premier cricketers including the likes of ODI captain Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim have decided to donate half of their monthly salaries to help fight the Covid-19 disaster.
A total of 31 lakh Bangladesh Takas including tax deductions will be pooled from the players' salaries, as confirmed by Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) cricket operations and national team manager Sabbir on Wednesday.
Earlier, Iqbal released a joint statement of the players declaring their intention.
"...The outbreak of coronavirus is also increasing in Bangladesh. We, the cricketers, are trying to aware people in social media to take necessary steps to prevent this pandemic...we are 27 cricketers giving half of our monthly salaries to help against coronavirus. After excluding the tax the amount might be approximately 25 lakh around," read the joint statement shared by Iqbal.
Tamim also urged the populace to be responsible and stay at home in order to survive the pandemic.
"... If we can take the responsibilities and try to make contributions wholeheartedly rather than criticizing others, then we can win the war against coronavirus. Everyone, please stay home, stay safe. Be well and keep our country safe."
Meanwhile, former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has also earned praise from all quarters, including his yesteryear on-field rival Harbhajan Singh for donating disinfectant soap, material and food to the needy in his country.
Harbhajan praised Afridi's gesture by writing: "Great work for humanity @SAfridiOfficial May god bless us all.. more power to you.. praying for world’s well being.. Nanak naam chardikala tere bhaane sarbat da bhala"
Humanity is bigger than anything! Thank you Bhajji for your kind words. The world needs to unite, it is our collective responsibility to help the poor and needy in every way possible in the global fight against #COVID2019https://t.co/QasLBJ9kXkShahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) March 25, 2020
Elsewhere, Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo and agent Jorge Mendes joined forces on Tuesday to donate lifesaving equipment to Portuguese hospitals struggling to treat patients with coronavirus.
The two will donate equipment for two wards at Lisbon's Santa Maria hospital, providing the wards with 10 beds each, ventilators, heart monitors, infusion pumps and syringes, the hospital said in a statement.