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Nick Hockley, Acting CEO of Cricket Australia: “Australians and Indians share a special bond and, for many, our mutual love for cricket is at the heart of this friendship. It was painful and sad to learn of the suffering of so many of our Indian sisters and brothers ”

Last updated: 05/03/21 8:32 am

Cheteshwar Pujara is congratulated by Australian Matthew Wade in January 2021

Cricket Australia and the country’s players union have supported a fundraiser with the charity UNICEF to respond to the coronavirus crisis in India.

Australia’s cricket governing body is making an initial donation of AU $ 50,000 (£ 27,920), matching a donation made by Australian vice-captain Pat Cummins last week.

“Australians and Indians share a special bond and for many, our mutual love of cricket is at the heart of this friendship,” Cricket Australia interim CEO Nick Hockley said in a statement Monday.

“It has been painful and sad to learn of the suffering of so many of our Indian sisters and brothers during the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic and our hearts go out to all affected.”

India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal from UNICEF Australia purchases and installs oxygen equipment in hospitals to treat critically ill patients, provides testing equipment and “supports accelerated rollout of COVID-19 vaccination “said the charity.

A massive increase in COVID-19 cases has put enormous pressure on India’s healthcare system, with a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies, and morgues and crematoriums flooded.

India reported 392,488 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 19.56 million. Deaths jumped from a record 3,689, bringing the overall toll to 215,542.

Amid the crisis, the Indian Premier League cricket tournament continued despite strong criticism on social media. The Indian Cricket Council said the IPL will continue as planned with the final in Ahmedabad on May 30.

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Chris Lynn asks Cricket Australia to bring home IPL players

Chris Lynn has asked Cricket Australia to organize a charter plane to bring the players home at the end of the IPL season.

Cricket Australia has reached out to Australian IPL players to inquire about their health and travel plans, with Lynn responding with the request.

“I replied that as Cricket Australia wins 10 percent of every IPL contract, was there any chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight after the tournament is over?” Lynn, who plays for the Mumbai Indians on the IPL side, said.

“I know there are people in a worse situation than us. But we’re coming out of a really tight bubble and getting vaccinated next week, so hopefully the government will allow us to go home on a private charter.

“We’re not asking for any shortcuts and we signed up knowing the risks. But it would be great to come home as soon as the event is over.”

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