Kolkata: The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has decided to donate Rs 25 lakh to West Bengal’s state Emergency Relief Fund to combat the deadly novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With India under a 21-day lockdown due to coronavirus, CAB called the current situation “darkest phase of human civilisation”.

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“In these uncertain times of COVID-19 when all our focus and resources have been on combating and eradicating this pandemic, the Cricket Association of Bengal has come forward and decided to donate a sum of Rs 25 lakh to the state administration in Corona Aid,” CAB said in a statement on Wednesday (March 25).

“We are perhaps going through the darkest phase of human civilisation when worldwide lives have been lost to Novel Corona Virus. Cricket stands for Unity. It also stands for humanity. Therefore, on behalf of CAB, we have decided to donate Rs 25 lakh for now to the State Emergency Relief Fund to be used in combating this disease. As a responsible institution, it is our duty to stand by the administration and help them eradicate this disease," said CAB president Avishek Dalmiya.

“Thanks to the proactiveness of our government both at the state and centre; we have been successful in implementing a countrywide lockdown but a lot more needs to be done. Hence, we have come forward for the sake of the people in times of crisis,” said CAB Secretary Snehashis Ganguly.

Earlier, former India captain Sourav Ganguly had decided to donate rice worth Rs 50 lakh. The BCCI president has come forward to support the underprivileged.