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Ending IPL is not answer to Covid crisis, says Cummins

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April 28, 2021 23:05 IST
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'People in Australia would also like to help, so we are planning to set up something there.'

Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Pat Cummins and Moises Henriques of Punjab Kings share a light moment after their IPL match in Ahmedabad on April 26.

IMAGE: Kolkata Knight Riders pacer Pat Cummins and Moises Henriques of Punjab Kings share a light moment after their IPL match in Ahmedabad on April 26. Photograph: BCCI

Shutting down the IPL is not the answer even as India is struggling to control the COVID-19-induced health crisis, insists Kolkata Knight Riders star pacer Pat Cummins, who contributed US $50,000 towards the fight against the dreaded virus a few days earlier.

 

There's a debate whether the IPL should continue when India is facing a severe health crisis as thousands of people are dying of the virus. While a few feel it should not continue, a section believes it was a happy distraction.

"I don't think ending the IPL is the answer," the 27-year-old said, in an interview with news channel WION.

"We are doing everything we can to make sure we don't take any resources out of the front line. I don't think so (it's the solution).

"Of course, there's an aspect that playing every night for three-four hours hopefully contributes to people staying home as it has been a hard routine for them and we can help them get through each day," he said.

Cummins further said looking at the second wave, groups have been formed in Australia to help the country.

"People in Australia would also like to help, so we are planning to set up something there to direct the resources to some charity over here," the world number one Test bowler said. 

Asked about his decision to donate towards the PM CARES Fund, Cummins said: "Just chatting with a couple of guys here at Kolkata Knight Riders and they have been really generous in their donation to the PM CARES fund over the last year. (Team owner and Bollywood superstar) Shahrukh (Khan) donated (money) himself and that is the way to go."

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