New Delhi: Indian cricketer Suresh Raina on Saturday donated Rs 52 lakh to the country's fight against COVID-19 pandemic and urged others also to contribute in these times of health crisis.
Raina's contribution is biggest from any Indian sportspersons across disciplines.
The 33-year-old left-handed batsman has played for India in 18 Tests, 226 ODIs and 78 Twenty20 Internationals between 2005 and 2018. He is currently with Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.
Batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Friday donated Rs 50 lakh to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which has so far claimed 21 Indian lives and more than 28,000 deaths globally.
It’s time we all do our bit to help defeat #COVID19. I’m pledging ₹52 lakh for the fight against #Corona (₹31 lakh to the PM-CARES Fund & ₹21 lakh to the UP CM’s Disaster Relief Fund). Please do your bit too. Jai Hind!#StayHomeIndia @narendramodi @PMOIndia @myogiadityanath
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) March 28, 2020
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Florenzi and Verratti were both part of the Italian squad on the recent international break.
The CWI boss went on to say that the board had to borrow to pay staff which received a 50 percent pay cut in the wake of the pandemic.
The coronavirus caseload has been on the rise in the country with more than 70,000 new infections reported in the country on Thursday.