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‘INR or AUD?’ Cricket Australia Donates 28 Lakh But Desi Fans Are More Interested In Currency

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Cricket Australia, the governing body of cricket Down Under, recently announced a donation worth AUD 50,000 towards combating the ongoing COVID-19 crisis in India

“Australians and Indians share a special bond and, for many, our mutual love of cricket is central to that friendship,” CA’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley said. “We were all deeply moved by the sentiments expressed and donations given by Pat Cummins and Brett Lee over the past week.”

Cricket Australia have made a $50,000 donation to @UNICEFIndia's COVID19 Crisis Appeal.@CricketAus | #COVID19

— (@cricketcomau) May 3, 2021

"In that same spirit, we are proud to partner with UNICEF Australia to raise funds that will help the people of India by providing the health system with much needed oxygen, testing equipment and vaccines,” Hockley added.

After Australian pacer Pat Cummins donated the same amount last week and the legendary Brett Lee donated one bitcoin worth of amount (approximately Rs. 44 lakh) for the same cause, this contribution by the Australian cricket board would surely go a long way towards helping the cause.

— Pat Cummins (@patcummins30) April 26, 2021

The practice of donations is supposed to be completely voluntary and to criticise or judge someone based on how much they have donated, simply sounds pathetic and out right silly. Still, as the country struggles to breathe, there are some social elements who are more interested in how much someone has donated, what currency did they donate in, and worst of all, why did they not donate more.

AUD or INR …?

— GovardhanReddy (@ReddyDataMining) May 3, 2021

Ind Economy Wise ?

— Saleem Tarak RCB (@Tarak_Holic) May 3, 2021

Too cheap

— Aaron Jr. (@Amaru_Shakur95) May 3, 2021

Saala itna toh TDS katte hai hum, IPL me inke ek player ka.

— Mandela (@RightArmOffSpin) May 3, 2021

Ye to do logo ki bill ho jayega hospital ka

— Vicky Yadav🇮🇳 (@jacksapprow007) May 3, 2021

This toxicity towards those who “wish to” help up and are in no way obligated to spend a single money on this crisis simply because they have nothing to do, is clearly going out of hand. 

It is unfortunate that such behaviour is not restricted to large organisations but to individual players as well. Last week after Cummins’ donation, many Indian cricket “fans” started comparing the Australian’s philanthropy with that of the Indian captain Virat Kohli.

Kohli was called out on social media constantly for not making any contributions towards the second wave of the coronavirus, while the massive Rs. 3 crore donation made by his wife Anushka Sharma and him during the first wave, was simply and very conveniently forgotten.

What gives us the right to tell someone how much they should donate towards a cause? When someone asks us to do the same, we give the typical “we are from the middle class and this is all we can do” response to save face.

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