India’s richest sporting body – Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) pledged a donation of Rs 51 crore to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund as the government fights against the Coronavirus pandemic.

A BCCI official confirmed that it was Secretary Jay Shah who got everyone together and had a word with the other office-bearers as well as the state associations to decide the way forward to help the country in the fight against the widespread outbreak.

“Sourav Ganguly, President, Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary and Office Bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) along with the affiliated state associations on Saturday announced to donate INR 51 crores to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) to contribute towards strengthening the nation’s disaster management capacities and encourage research to combat COVID-19 and protect Indian citizens,” the BCCI release stated.

“The outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-1) is first and foremost a public health emergency and the BCCI has a firm resolve that the nation gets all possible help to cope with the testing times.”

“The BCCI will contribute to Hon’ble Prime Minister’s initiative which is a dedicated national fund (PM-CARES Fund) with the primary objective of dealing with emergency or distress situations,” the BCCI release further stated.

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the country to deal with the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday. He said this is an essential step to fight coronavirus decisively and will help in saving lives across the country.

PM Modi had also warned, that if the citizens don’t follow a complete lockdown for the coming 21 days, the nation will go back 21 years and many families will be devastated.

The deadly virus that has claimed nearly 27,000 lives globally. In India, 19 people have lost their lives while close to 1000 have been infected by the deadly virus.