Great initiative taken by Pakistan cricketers to fight against COVID-19 pandemic
XtraTime Web Desk: The centrally-contracted cricketer’s of Pakistan will donate Rs 5 million to the national government’s emergency fund to fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani on Wednesday said apart from centrally-contracted players contributing Rs 5 million, the employees in the board, up to the senior manager level, will contribute their one day’s salary.
Those employed as general managers or on higher posts will give two days’ salary to the fund.
“The PCB will collect all these funds and deposit it to the government’s coronavirus fund,” he said.
Pakistan has recorded more than 1,000 positive cases of the deadly virus so far.
“It is the history of the cricket board that we always stand by the government in difficult times,” Mani said.
Beside them another Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shahzad is trying help the needy people who is hungry and needs food. Shahzad tweeted,”I have opened DM for everyone now. Pls if you think someone around you is in need of food DM me. I will do my best to reach them out. I’m doing everything in individual capacity and will try my best to help others. #حزب_الله #CoronavirusLockdown.”
I have opened DM for everyone now. Pls if you think someone around you is in need of food DM me. I will do my best to reach them out. I'm doing everything in individual capacity and will try my best to help others.#حزب_الله #CoronavirusLockdown
— Ahmad Shahzad 🇵🇰 (@iamAhmadshahzad) March 26, 2020
The PCB has already given its high performances centre in Karachi at the national stadium to be used by paramedical staff working at the special coronavirus hospital set-up at the expo centre in the in the city.
Mani said though cricket has been disrupted by the virus outbreak, it was far more important for the nation to stand by the government and also take all precautionary steps during the pandemic.
Pakistan’s centrally-contracted players are entitled to monthly salaries ranging from Rs 5 to 12 lakh besides match fee and other earnings.