IPL 2021: Former India all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla donates commentary charges to West Bengal aid fund

IPL 2021: Former India all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla donates commentary charges to West Bengal aid fund

Kolkata: Former India all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla on Thursday introduced he has donated his total Indian Premier League commentary price to the West Bengal’s Chief Minister Aid Fund to contribute within the battle in opposition to COVID-19.

Shukla had served as Kolkata’s Sports activities and Youth Affairs Minister between 2016 and 2021 earlier than quitting politics early this yr. He was a TMC MLA from the Howrah Uttar constituency.

“I’m glad that I might donate my IPL 2021 commentary’s remuneration for the state’s welfare on my birthday,” Shukla mentioned.

“No matter I’m right now is due to the folks and their assist round me. Therefore, on this auspicious day, if my humble contribution could make a distinction to the large calamity that all of us are going by way of, I’ll think about myself fortunate,” he added.

The second wave of COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in India with the healthcare infrastructure throughout the nation struggling to deal with the case load amid scarcity of oxygen provide and important medicines.

In West Bengal, COVID-19 fatalities rose to 11,964 on Thursday whereas the caseload additionally mounted to 9,35,066 after the state registered a report one-day spike of 18,431 recent infections.

“On this time of disaster, we should all try to do our bit in order that we will battle the pandemic and make the world a cheerful place over again.

“Could all of us win in opposition to this tough time. I urge every person to take care of hygiene and put on masks, keep away from gatherings and keep protected,” Shukla mentioned.

A number of former and present cricketers, together with Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan and Jaydev Undakat, Australians Pat Cummins and Brett Lee, and West Indies’ Nicholas Pooran have additionally contributed within the battle in opposition to COVID-19.

On Tuesday, the BCCI was pressured to indefinitely postpone the IPL after a number of instances of COVID-19 amongst gamers and assist employees members had been detected.


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