'India has always been like a second home for me.'
Inspired by countryman Pat Cummins's gesture, former Australia pacer Brett Lee has decided to donate one bitcoin (approximately Rs 40 lakh) to help India in its fight against the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Cummins won lots of hearts on Monday when he announced a US $50,000 donation to the PM CARES Fund for oxygen supplies in India's hospitals ravaged by a deadly second wave of the coronavirus.
"It saddens me deeply to see people suffering due to the ongoing pandemic. I feel privileged to be in a position of making a difference and with that in mind, I'd like to donate 1 BTC (Bitcoin) to Crypto Relief to help with the purchase of oxygen supplies for the hospitals across India," said Lee in a post on Twitter, on Tuesday.
"India has always been like a second home for me. The love and affection that I have got from the people of this country both during my professional career and even after my retirement, holds a special place in my heart."
On Tuesday evening, one bitcoin was trading at over Rs 40 lakh.
Bitcoin is not considered legal tender in India, but that has not stopped Lee, one of the greatest fastest bowlers to have played the game, from lending a helping hand.
Like Cummins, who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, Lee is also in India as part of the IPL’s commentary panel.
"Now is the time to be united and ensure we do as much as we can to help the ones in need. I'd also want to thank all the frontline workers who have been working round the clock during these tough times.
"I request people to please take care, stay at home, wash your hands and head out only if absolutely necessary, wear a mask and maintain social distancing. Well done Pat Cummins for the initiative yesterday," Lee said.
The 44-year-old represented Australia in 76 Tests, 221 ODIs and 25 T20Is during an immensely successful international career.