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Pakistan cricketers make hefty donation to help fight COVID-19 crisis
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Pakistan cricketers make hefty donation to help fight COVID-19 crisis

Pakistan's centrally contracted players have pledged to collectively donate PKR 5 million to the government's emergency fund in place to combat the coronavirus crisis.

The players' contribution will be supplemented by donations from the Pakistan Cricket Board staff with employees above the rank of General Managers giving two days' salary while their subordinates providing with one day's remuneration.

The PCB is also planning to measure up to the staff contribution by giving monetary support to the fund as a standalone institution.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board has always stood with the people of Pakistan in desperate times. This is one of the gravest, most challenging and unprecedented times, which our local and federal governments and health workers are having to face," PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said.

“While we continue to pray for the wellbeing and success of our health workers so that normality returns to our society, we at the PCB are making a small contribution which will support the government in its endeavours against the COVID-19 pandemic," he added.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan has sharply risen over the past week with the government being forced to impose a virtual lockdown.

Amidst the alarming rate of infections, various cricket personalities in the country have taken to social media and urged people to undergo self-isolation.

Earlier, the PCB announced that it will convert the Hanif Mohammad High Performance Centre in Karachi into a temporary lodging facility for paramedics working at the makeshift hospital at Expo Centre.