Sunrisers Hyderabad has decided to donate Rs 30 crore to help India fight the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The second wave of coronavirus has infected numerous people in India. The number of COVID-19 positive cases has also been rising at an alarming rate in the country. Sun TV Network, which owns the Hyderabad-based franchise, took to social media to announce their donation to the Government of India and the state governments.
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha, along with three other players from two different franchises and two coaches from another team, had tested positive. This led to the indefinite suspension of the Indian Premier League last Tuesday.
All IPL teams have supported the country in the massive battle against the deadly coronavirus
Apart from SRH, other IPL franchises, including Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Delhi Capitals (DC), had also contributed 7.5 crores and 1.5 crores, respectively. In addition, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have arranged the supply of 450 oxygen concentrators for the affected patients in Tamil Nadu.
Earlier, Cricket Australia had also announced an initial donation of USD 50,000 towards the increasing Covid-19 cases in India. The cricket board has appealed to other Australians everywhere to give generously at this critical time. The money (Rs 37 lakhs, approximately) donated by the Australian cricket board is going to be used to procure oxygen for seriously ill patients. It will also be used to provide testing equipment in affected regions and support the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines. Along with the Australian Cricketers’ Association, CA is also partnering with UNICEF Australia to accumulate funds for the COVID-19 Crisis. In addition, former Australian pacer Brett Lee has also donated 1 Bitcoin (Rs. 40 lakhs, approximately) to the Crypto Relief Fund to help his second home India.
SRH has had a disappointing start to the tournament. They lost six out of their first seven IPL games. David Warner was also replaced by Kane Williamson, who led the Orange Army during the 2018-19 seasons. Under Kane Williamson, SRH ended as runners-up in the 2018 season. SRH also qualified for the playoffs in the following season. Overall, 29 games were conducted in the 14th season of the Indian Premier League. Thus, with 31 games remaining, the BCCI will need a small window of around three weeks to complete the tournament.