Kolkata, April 14 (IANS) With wearing masks becoming mandatory at public places amid the coronavirus outbreak, the Rajasthan Club on Tuesday distributed masks and gloves to all the groundsmen of Kolkata Maidan, Eden Gardens and JU University second campus ground.

Furthermore, since it was Bengali New Year but shops were closed due to lockdown, clothes were provided to each of the groundsmen for them as well as their wives.

The groundsmen, who have currently gone back to their homes, would be given their set on their return as provisions have been made to cater to more than 150 groundsmen, said the club.

Similarly, for other cricket grounds outside maidan area, clothes as well as masks and gloves would be distributed once the groundmen are back to their respective grounds.

While Kamla Prasad Kajaria, former Vice President of The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is the president of the club, Member of Legislative Assembly Baishali Dalmiya — daughter of former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya — took active interest in the initiative being an important club official.

The President of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) Avishek Dalmiya has been a representative of the club to the CAB.

CAB had earlier donated a sum of Rs 25 lakh to the state administration with president Avishek shelling Rs 5 lakh from his own pocket.

CAB office bearers — secretary Snehashis Ganguly, vice-president Naresh Ojha and joint secretary Debabrata Das — also came forward to contribute to the cause by donating Rs 1 lakh each.

Treasurer Debasish Ganguly’s club South Suburban also showed its intent to donate. Veteran Eden Gardens pitch curator Sujan Mukherjee also requested CAB to donate his one month’s salary to West Bengal Emergency Relief Fund set up to fight COVID-19 pandemic.

The umpires of CAB also came forward to lend their helping hand to the West Bengal State Relief Fund set up for corona aid.

All the three members of the differently abled committee of the CAB too contributed to the West Bengal State Relief Fund to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.




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