“The decision was taken by our Apex Council after a meeting via video-conferencing today. The Apex Council authorised the secretary and the president (Vijay Patil) of the MCA to take a decision regarding this issue. It’s the least we can do help the government and the people of Maharashtra overcome this troubled phase,” MCA secretary Sanjay Naik told TOI.
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“In case the situation gets worse, which we’re hoping will not be the case, we’re ready to provide our stadiums, if the government wants to make quarantine facilities or make-shift hospitals in them,” he added.
Maharashtra has been the worst-hit state in India due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has caused thousands of deaths worldwide. At the time of writing this, there were 124 positive cases in the state — the highest in India — with around 50 being from Mumbai.
Other cricket associations in India have begun contributing to the cause too. On Wednesday, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) treasurer Debasish Ganguly had announced that the CAB has donated 25 lakhs towards the West Bengal government’s emergency relief fund. On the same day, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly had pledged to donate rice worth Rs 50 lakh to the needy people.