IPL 2021, Pat Cummins Covid-19 relief: IPL’s Australian stars Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have signed up for a unique Covid-19 fundraiser. They duo along with Josh Lalor, Mitchell Starc, Moises Henriques, Nathan Lyon and others will live stream their gaming skills, while talking cricket as they aim to raise $100,000 for UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal.
From 5pm AEST on Thursday night until 5am AEST the following morning, Lalor will be joined by a rotation of some of the biggest names in the game, with Moises Henriques, Alyssa Healy and South African Rilee Rossouw to also take part and more names to be announced shortly.
Lalor says the 12-hour live stream on his Twitch page will allow fans to see some of the best cricketers in the world in a more relaxed setting and raise money for an important cause.
“The enjoyable thing about it is it’ll be a couple of guys doing what they do in their spare time, which the public don’t get to see a lot of,” Lalor told cricket.com.au.
“We see Pat Cummins doing what he does on the cricket field, but he’s one of the worst (video game) players you can play with! Which is fair enough because he’s busy doing other things in cricket.
“Nathan Lyon is someone I play with quite a bit and he absolutely loves it. He probably doesn’t play enough to get better but plays enough to get frustrated that he’s not very good, and it makes for an entertaining mix.
“The intent will be to be playing games, but also talk a bit of cricket as well. It’ll be a nice way to engage and see a different side to these guys.”
IPL 2021: Popular games like Warzone and Rocket League will feature, but some players have opted for a different approach. Lalor and Healy will play a light-hearted, interactive game of ‘Siblings or Dating?’, a concept made famous by an Instagram page that has 1.2 million followers, while Henriques has challenged Lalor to some games of chess, which has also enjoyed a recent surge in popularity thanks to the Netflix series, The Queen’s Gambit.
Lalor’s idea was inspired in April by Cummins’ donation of $50,000 to UNICEF Australia’s Appeal and he says all donations, no matter how small, will help those impacted by the ongoing health crisis.
IPL 2021: The 33-year-old says a shared love and passion of the game means he and all Australian cricketers have a special bond with Indian people and he was compelled to help during the crisis, which has officially claimed more than 330,000 Indian lives.
“Being a cricketer from Australia, we have a unique relationship with Indian people,” he said.
“It’s a beautiful part of the world, they’re absolutely cricket mad and they bend over backwards to make every cricketer feel welcomed and accommodated.
“If we’re able to raise any money at all to help what’s going on in India, that’ll go a long way.”
Australian Cricket has so far raised more than $280,000 as part of UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal.