Cricketers around the world have appealed to the public in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic and urged them to follow the guidelines issued by the health authorities. Top players like Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Virat Kohli, Brendon McCullum, etc used social media to send a message.
“As citizens, we have to act responsibly. We could follow simple steps to keep the Coronavirus at bay. It is my request to everyone to follow basic guidelines to try our best to ensure we all stay safe,” Indian Cricket Hero Sachin Tendulkar said in a video posted on Twitter.
Indian captain Virat Kohli tweeted: Let’s stay strong and fight the #COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention is better than cure. Please take care, everyone.” Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez urged people to stop spreading rumors. “Humble request to all plz Stop spreading Rumours about #Corona, Stop blaming others & Follow the precautions & Stay safe,”
West Indian batting legend Brian Lara posted a video and said while he washed his hands: “From a very early age, I was told that my worst enemy was myself. Stay positive, fight those negative thoughts away and all will be fine. You are your worst enemy. Before you touch your face, always wash your hands. This is not just going to benefit you but everyone around you. Let’s fight Covid-19 together. Take care.”
Australian Test captain Tim Paine and former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum said that the world will overcome this, Indian off-spinner R Ashwin urged people to be responsible towards the society.
“This is bigger than us, this is bigger than the game of cricket. It is something that needs to be taken very seriously. I hope we are all back playing the game that we love and going about our lives the way we want to as soon as possible.” Paine said in a video.
“The planet is challenging the human race, asking us if we can be responsible towards the society, it’s asking us if we can be honest and confine ourselves for another person’s sake. Some very difficult questions to answer. Stay safe and answer the questions,” said Ashwin.