Sun TV, owners of IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad donated Rs 30 crore towards COVID-19 relief work on Monday. The financial aid has been shared with the state and central governments along with various NGOs. India is battling a tragic health crisis in the second wave of the global pandemic, reporting over 4,000 deaths daily.
The donations from Sun TV will be spent on several initiatives currently underway in different states of India, including the various programmes initiated by the Government of India, NGOs, and State governments.
Sun TV (SunRisers Hyderabad) is donating Rs.30 crores to provide relief to those affected by the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. pic.twitter.com/P6Fez9DuLo
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) May 10, 2021
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Wriddhiman Saha, along with three other players from two different franchises, and two coaches from CSK had tested positive last week. These cases eventually lead to the indefinite suspension of the IPL last Tuesday.
Along with Sunrisers Hyderabad, other franchises like RCB, DC, and RR have already made contributions for covid aid. International cricketers like Pat Cummins, Nicholas Pooran, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Sachin Tendulkar have also made individual donations for the same.
Jimmy Neesham unsure about IPL 2021 resuming in India
Mumbai Indians all-rounder Jimmy Neesham is unsure about IPL 2021 resuming in India later this year. He also has serious doubts whether India would be able to host the 16-team T20 World Cup later this year. Neesham feels the bio-security lapses could be due to the fact that the teams were travelling across the country, even though when travel was done through chartered planes, they had to go through customs, hand in their details over to people, walk through terminals, so there were always going to be pinch-points there.
Meanwhile, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has confirmed that the remainder of the tournament will not be held in India. The team has the WTC final, Test series with England, and White Ball Series with Sri Lanka, followed by the T20 world cup. It will be difficult to manage the quarantines and fit the matches in such a tight schedule.