BCCI pledges Rs 51 crore to PM-CARES Fund to fight coronavirus after netizens trend #ShameOnBCCI


The Indian cricket board has announced that it will donate Rs 51 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) to fight the menace of coronavirus. This was after Twitterati trended #ShameOnBCCI on Twitter.

The BCCI said that the pledged fund will contribute towards ‘strengthening the nation’s disaster management capacities and encourage research to combat COVID-19 and protect Indian citizens.’

A statement from the board said, “The outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-1) is first and foremost a public health emergency and the BCCI has a firm resolve that the nation gets all possible help to cope with the testing times.”

It added, “The Board along with its state associations will continue to monitor and work closely with the Government of India, state governments and other state regulatory bodies and are committed to providing support to the state machinery in the face of adversity.”

The richest sporting body in the world had earlier come under considerable condemnation for not doing its bit to fight the outbreak of coronavirus, which has prompted the government to announce a 21-day nationwide lockdown. Hashtag #ShameOnBCCI had become a top trend on Twitter on Saturday.