In a statement on his official Twitter account, he made the announcement and urged other top players to do the same as the country grapples with a deadly second wave of the pandemic with more than 2,000 daily deaths recorded over the past few days.
“As gamers, we are fortunate to have the platform that gives us access to millions of people that we can use for good. With that in mind, I have made a contribution to PM CARES Fund, specifically to purchase oxygen supplies for India’s hospitals,” he said.
He also said he was aware of the ongoing debate over whether IPL should continue amid the devastation caused by the virus, but was told that the event provides some relief from the gloom.
“There has been a lot of discussion here about whether it is appropriate for the IPL to continue while rates of COVID-19 infection remain high,” he said.
“I have learned that the Indian government believes that playing IPL while isolating the population provides a few hours of joy and comfort every day at a difficult time for the country,” Cummins said in his statement.
India recorded more than 3.53 cases on Monday, the highest rate worldwide since the epidemic began last year.
“Knowing that many are suffering a lot at this time saddens me a lot,” he said.
The world’s No. 1 speed shooter, bought for the whopping Rs 15 crore by KKR at an IPL Auction, was hoping his donation would make a difference in his small way in India’s struggle against the unprecedented health crisis.
“At times like these, it’s easy to feel helpless. I’ve definitely felt it lately. But I hope by making this public appeal that we can all direct our emotions into actions that will shine a light on people’s lives.
He added, “I know that my donation is not very much in the grand scheme of things, but I hope it makes a difference for someone.”
“I would encourage my fellow IPL players – and anyone else around the world influenced by the passion and generosity of India – to contribute. I will start with $ 50,000,” Cummins said.
He described India as a country that “I have come to love so much over the years, and the people here are some of the warmest and kindest I have ever met.”
Earlier, Andrew Tay, the Australian Rajasthan Royals, decided to leave midway from the IPL because he feared it would be “locked down” from his country.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore team announced Monday that Australian bowlers Adam Zamba and Ken Richardson have withdrawn from the rest of the current league for personal reasons.