Inspired by the gesture of his compatriot Pat Cummins, former Australian pacer Brett Lee decided on Tuesday to donate a bitcoin (around Rs 40 lakh) to help India in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which rage.
Cummins won hearts on Monday by announcing a donation of $ 50,000 to the PM CARES fund to supply oxygen to Indian hospitals ravaged by a deadly second wave of the pandemic.
“It saddens me deeply to see people suffering from the ongoing pandemic. I feel privileged to be able to make a difference and with that in mind I would like to donate 1 BTC (Bitcoin) to Crypto Relief to help purchase oxygen supplies for hospitals across the India, ”Lee said in a statement he posted on Twitter.
“India has always been like a second home for me. The love and affection that I have received from the people of this country, both during my professional career and after my retirement, hold a special place in my heart.
– Brett Lee (@ BrettLee_58) April 27, 2021
Tuesday evening, a bitcoin was trading at more than Rs 40 lakh.
Bitcoin is not considered legal tender in India, but that hasn’t stopped Lee, one of the fastest bowlers to play the game, from lending a hand.
Like Cummins, who plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, Lee is also in India as part of the IPL comment panel.
“Now is the time to be united and do all we can to help those in need. I also want to thank all of the front line workers who worked around the clock during these difficult times.
“I ask people to be careful, to stay home, to wash their hands and only go out when absolutely necessary, to wear a mask and to maintain a social distance. Well done Pat Cummins for yesterday’s initiative, ”said Lee.
The 44-year-old has represented Australia in 76 tests, 221 ODIs and 25 T20Is during a hugely successful international career.