Former Indian all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla on Thursday announced that he had donated all of his Indian Premier League commentary fees to the Chief Minister of West Bengal’s Relief Fund to help fight COVID -19.
Shukla had served as Calcutta’s Sports and Youth Minister between 2016 and 2021 before stepping down from politics earlier this year. He was a TMC MP for Howrah Uttar constituency.
“I am happy that I was able to donate my 2021 IPL commentary compensation for the welfare of the state on my birthday,” Shukla said.
“Who I am today is because of the people and their support around me. Therefore, on this auspicious day, if my humble contribution can make a difference in the enormous calamity we are all going through, I will consider myself lucky, ”he added.
Today, May 6, 2021, my birthday, I humbly give all my # IPL2021 commentary fee, at the # West Bengal #CHIEFMINISTERRELIEF FUNDS. A small contribution to fight against this disastrous Corona situation of the 2nd wave, from me for my people🙏WinCorona # COVID-19[FEMALE[FEMININE #Be careful #India #LRS
– Laxmi Ratan Shukla (@ Lshukla6) May 6, 2021
The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc in India, with healthcare infrastructure across the country struggling to cope with the workload amid a shortage of oxygen and essential medicines .
In West Bengal, the number of COVID-19-related deaths rose to 11,964 on Thursday, while the number of cases also rose to 9,35,066 after the state recorded a record one-day high of 18,431 fresh infections.
“In this time of crisis, we must all try to do our part to fight the pandemic and make the world happy again.
“May we all win against this difficult time. I urge everyone to maintain hygiene and wear masks, avoid gatherings and stay safe, ”Shukla said.
Several former and current cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, Shikhar Dhawan and Jaydev Undakat, Australians Pat Cummins and Brett Lee, and Nicholas Pooran from the West Indies have also contributed to the fight against COVID-19.
On Tuesday, the BCCI was forced to postpone the IPL indefinitely after several cases of COVID-19 were detected among players and support staff.