Inspired by the gesture of his compatriot Pat Cummins, former Australian stimulator 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 a lot of hearts on Monday by announcing a donation of $ 50,000 to the PM CARES fund for the supply of oxygen to Indian hospitals ravaged by a deadly second wave of the pandemic.
“It saddens me deeply to see people suffering as a result of 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 with the purchase of oxygen supplies for hospitals across India, “Lee said in a statement he posted on Twitter.
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“India has always been like a second home to me. The love and affection that I have received from the people of this country during my professional career and even after my retirement holds a special place in my heart. ”
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.
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Like Cummins, who plays for 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 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 go out only if absolutely necessary, to wear a mask and to maintain their social distance. Well done Pat Cummins for the initiative. yesterday, ”Lee said.
The 44-year-old has represented Australia in 76 tests, 221 ODIs and 25 T20Is during a hugely successful international career.