Some of the biggest cricketers, including Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Jofra Archer, will join hands on June 3 (Thursday) to raise $100,000 for UNICEF Australia‘s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal.
New South Wales pacer Josh Lalor will host his friends Jofra Archer, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc for the live stream event. The players will join hands to support the fight against the coronavirus crisis that has plagued India.
Speaking about the event, Josh Lalor stated that fans will get to see the cricketers in a relaxed setting during the 12-hour live stream and raise money for a great cause. He also plans to have the cricketers relax and talk about their day trade.
“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. 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,” he told cricket.com.au.
The 33-year-old will also have his fellow cricketers show their gaming skills on the live stream. Popular games like Warzone and Rocket League will feature, while Aussie all-rounder Moises Henriques has challenged Josh Lalor to a game of chess. Meanwhile, Alyssa Healy will play a light-hearted, interactive game of ‘Siblings or Dating?’
The event is scheduled between 1:30 PM IST to 1:30 AM IST on Twitch. Lalor is also excited to host an informal discussion with Cricket Australia’s new CEO, Nick Hockley, alongside Todd Greenberg, the CEO of the Australian Cricketers’ Association.
“I thought it’d be great for those guys (Hockley and Greenberg) to sit back and talk cricket with the public in a way they’re not used to. It’ll be a great opportunity for them to portray a slightly different message to the cricketing public,” the pacer added.
Notably, Josh Lalor’s idea was inspired by fellow teammate Pat Cummins’ donation of $50,000 to UNICEF Australia’s Appeal. He believes any donation irrespective of the amount will help India fight the healthcare crisis.