Irfan Pathan has donated money to gardeners in various states.
According to the latest development, former Indian polyvalent Irfan Pathan has come forward to help ground staff and workers in various Indian states amid the COVID-19 crisis. The second wave of coronavirus crippled cricket activity in India. While the Ranji Trophy was canceled for the first time in 87 years, the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 was suspended midway through.
Although the 2021 IPL resumed in September, the remaining matches have moved to the United Arab Emirates. In fact, the Cricket Control Council of India (BCCI) has also been forced to move the 2021 ICC High Voltage T20 World Cup to the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The change of these devices has financially hampered gardeners and staff at various Indian stadiums.
The benevolent gesture of Irfan Pathan
For this reason, Irfan Pathan decided to lend a helping hand by donating sums of money to gardeners in various states. This is indeed a big gesture from the former Indian international and he deserves praise for the same. This is not the first time, Irfan is helping out. Even during the pandemic, he and his brother Yusuf Pathan were doing all they could to help people in different ways.
Meanwhile, India’s national cricket calendar will be busy during the 2021-22 season with several important series and fixtures in the works. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20) will take place from October 20 to November 12, 2021; while the Vijay Hazare Trophy (One Day) will take place from February 23, 2022 to March 26, 2022.
The Ranji Trophy will see 38 teams in action. According to plans, up to 2,127 matches will be played in various age groups in both the male and female categories. Therefore, national cricketers in India need to buckle up to release their best show on the 22 meters. Notably, the BCCI has decided to increase match fees for domestic cricketers. Cricketers who participated in the 2019-2020 season will also receive an additional 50% match fee as compensation.
Speaking of Irfan Pathan, the 2007 T20 World Cup winner announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in January 2020. However, he continues to be associated with the game in different forms. At present, he is a commentator in the United Arab Emirates stage of the Indian Premier League (initial loading) 2021. The former fast left arm pitcher is also set to be a part of the commentary panel for the upcoming T20 High Tension World Cup.