Coronavirus Outbreak: Yuvraj Singh says social media post seeking donations for Shahid Afridi's charity 'blown out of proportion'
His social media post seeking donation for Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi's charity triggering a storm, former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Wednesday said he never intended to hurt anyone and his call for help has been "blown out of proportion".
Yuvraj, along with former teammate Harbhajan Singh, had posted Twitter messages calling for donations to Afridi's charity foundation to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. The messages triggered an avalanche of criticism from social media users in India, given the frosty political ties between the two countries.
These are testing times, it’s time to lookout for each other specially the ones who are lesser fortunate. Lets do our bit, I am supporting @SAfridiOfficial & @SAFoundationN in this noble initiative of covid19. Pls donate on https://t.co/yHtpolQbMx #StayHome @harbhajan_singh pic.twitter.com/HfKPABZ6Wh
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) March 31, 2020
"I really don't understand how a message to help the most vulnerable gets blown out of proportion! All I tried to achieve via that message was that to help people in our respective countries by providing healthcare, my intention was not to hurt anyone's feelings," Yuvraj tweeted on Wednesday.
"I am an Indian and I will always bleed blue and will always stand for humanity. Jai hind," he added.
Afridi had thanked both Yuvraj and Harbhajan for supporting his charity initiative.
Hundreds of people in both India and Pakistan have been infected by the deadly coronaviurs, which has killed more than 45,000 people the world over.
In India, the death toll has risen past 40, while the number of dead has been placed at 26 in Pakistan.
Updated Date: Apr 01, 2020 18:14:11 IST
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