India cricket team fast bowler Mohammed Shami has lent support to the families of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel who lost their lives in the ghastly terror attack in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, February 14.
Mohammed Shami, who has represented India in 40 Tests, 59 ODIs and 7 T20Is, said India cricketers stand with the families of the jawans.
“When we play for our country they stand at the borders protecting it. We stand with the families of our jawans, we will always be there for them,” Shami was quoted as saying by ANI news agency.
Shami is the latest from the Indian cricket fraternity to contribute to cause, which is gaining a lot of momentum. Former India captain and World Cup-winner, Virender Sehwag offered to take complete care of the education of the martyred soldiers of the Indian paramilitary force.
“Nothing we can do will be enough, but the least I can do is offer to take complete care of the education of the children of our brave CRPF jawans martyred in #Pulwama in my Sehwag International School @SehwagSchool, Jhajjar. Saubhagya hoga,” Sehwag had written on Twitter.
India opener Shikhar Dhawan also came up with an emotional video message, offering condolences to the bereaved families. He also offered to provide financial support to them.
In a heartwarming gesture, India’s Ranji Trophy and Irani Cup champions, Vidarbha announced they will donate the prize money of their Irani Cup victory to the families of the soldiers.
“We as a team have decided to donate the prize money to the family of the martyrs who lost their lives in Pulwama. This is a small gesture from our team and VCA,” Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal had said.
Notably, India cricket team captain Virat Kohli announced RP-SG Indian Sports Honours, which was to take place on Saturday, was postponed as a mark of respect to the CRPF soldiers.
“The who’s who of entertainment and sports industry were supposed to be present for the award ceremony. Every partner and all the sportstars and delegates associated with this award have been informed and communicated with, stating that hosting an event was unacceptable at this moment when India is mourning the death of its jawans,” Koli had said.
At least 40 soldiers were killed in what is being termed as one of the most deadliest terror attacks on the Indian paramilitary forces in decades in the valley on Thursday. An SUV with close to 300 kg of explosives rammed into a bus that was carrying the soldiers. Several soldiers were left severely injured.
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the attack after which several sections of the society in the country have been calling to isolate Pakistan.
Notably, the much-publicised Pakistan Super League (PSL), organised by the Pakistan Cricket Board, isn’t being broadcasted in India after the official broadcasters of the franchise-based league in India pulled out. IMG Reliance, the only producers of PSL worldwide, also said they’ll stop production for broadcast with immediate effect on Sunday.