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IPL 2021: Brett Lee follows compatriot Pat Cummins in donating to PM CARES Fund

IPL 2021: Brett Lee follows compatriot Pat Cummins in donating to PM CARES Fund

Impressed by his countryman Pat Cummins’ gesture, former Australian pacer Brett Lee on Tuesday determined to donate one bitcoin (roughly Rs 40 lakh) to assist India in its struggle towards the raging COVID-19 pandemic.

Cummins on Monday gained plenty of hearts when he introduced a USD 50,000 donation in direction of the PM CARES Fund for oxygen provides in India’s hospitals ravaged by a lethal second wave of the pandemic.

“It saddens me deeply to see folks struggling because of the ongoing pandemic. I really feel privileged to be ready of creating a distinction and with that in thoughts, I might wish to donate 1 BTC (Bitcoin) to Crypto Aid to assist with the acquisition of oxygen provides for the hospitals throughout India,” Lee mentioned in a press release which he posted on Twitter.

“India has all the time been like a second dwelling for me. The love and affection that I’ve obtained from the folks of this nation each throughout my skilled profession and even after my retirement, holds a particular place in my coronary heart.”

On Tuesday night, one bitcoin was buying and selling at over Rs 40 lakh.

Bitcoin isn’t thought of authorized tender in India however that has not stopped Lee, one of many quickest bowlers to have performed the sport, from lending a serving to hand.

Like Cummins, who performs for Kolkata Knight Riders within the IPL, Lee can also be in India as a part of the IPL commentary panel.

“Now could be the time to be united and guarantee we do as a lot as we will to assist those in want. I might additionally need to thank all of the frontline employees who’ve been working around the clock throughout these robust occasions.

“I request folks to please take care, keep at dwelling, wash your arms and head out provided that completely essential, put on a masks and preserve social distancing. Effectively carried out Pat Cummins for the initiative yesterday,” Lee mentioned.

The 44-year-old represented Australia in 76 Assessments, 221 ODIs and 25 T20Is throughout an immensely profitable worldwide profession.

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Updated: April 27, 2021 — 2:59 pm

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