India allrounder Richa Ghosh has donated Rs 1 lakh towards Bengal Chief Minister’s relief fund for the fight against coronavirus pandemic. The 16-year-old represented India at the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup where they finished runners-up after losing to hosts Australia at the MCG.

Richa’s father Manabendra Ghosh handed over the cheque to the Siliguri district magistrate Sumanta Sahay at his residence on Saturday.

She said the contribution was part of her being acting as a responsible citizen of the country.

“When everybody is fighting COVID-19 and the chief minister has appealed for a united battle against it, I thought of contributing a bit as a responsible citizen of the country,” Richa said.

Richa made her international debut during a T20 tri-series in Australia and played two matches at the T20 World Cup. In three matches, the teenager has scored 49 runs so far.

Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) said its affiliated units and officials have also made contributions.

“66 CAB match observers have pooled in Rs 1.5 lakh, while 82 scorers contributed their day’s pay aggregating to an amount of Rs 77,420,” CAB stated.

Former India women’s Test international Mithu Mukherjee has said she will contribute Rs 25,000.

Mohammedan Sporting Club represenative at the CAB Dipak Singh has donated Rs 2 lakh towards the relief fund while Bengal Women’s U23 team coach Jayanta Ghosh Dastidar will contribute Rs 10,000.

Among the affiliated units of CAB, White Border Club and Vijay Sports Club announced a donation of Rs 50,000 each. Uttar Pally Milan Sangha, Suburban Club and Rangers Club would make contributions of Rs 25,000 each.

Among the District Sports Associations (DSA), Coochbehar DSA agreed to donate Rs. 10,000 to the State Relief Fund, the statement added.

With agency inputs