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Cricket Australia donates $50,000 for Covid-19 relief in India

Cricket Australia donates $50,000 for Covid-19 relief in India

Cricket Australia has partnered with UNICEF and donated $50,000 (Australian) to India's Covid-19 Crisis Appeal, confirmed by the board.

Cricket Australia donates $50,000 for Covid-19 relief in India

“Australians and Indians share a special bond and, for many, our mutual love of cricket is central to that friendship,” CA’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley said.

Earlier in the week, Pat Cummins and Brett Lee had donated the same amount to help India fight the record-breaking coronavirus surge.

“We were all deeply moved by the sentiments expressed and donations given by Pat Cummins and Brett Lee over the past week.

"In that same spirit, we are proud to partner with UNICEF Australia to raise funds that will help the people of India by providing the health system with much needed oxygen, testing equipment and vaccines.”

Along with the Australian Cricketers' Association, CA is encouraging Australians to donate to the cause as India's health care system hits a breaking point. The nation of nearly 1.4 billion people today recorded over 401,000 cases of the coronavirus with the official death toll exceeding 211,000.

Donations will be spent on providing oxygen to seriously ill patients, providing testing equipment in affected regions as well as supporting the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.

“UNICEF Australia’s India Covid-19 Crisis Appeal is procuring and installing Oxygen Generation Plants in hospitals to treat seriously ill patients, providing testing equipment in heavily impacted districts and supporting the distribution of Covid-19 vaccine via the COVAX initiative.”

Three Australian players have exited the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) amid the escalating health crisis, while Chris Lynn requested CA to arrange for a chartered flight to take them home after the event is over.

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