Mumbai:The BCCI on Saturday released a new video featuring Indian greats, including Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly, to promote wearing masks in public places and help the country fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a video posted by BCCI, named as 'Team Mask Force', India men's and women's cricket team players can been seen advocating the use of masks, to contain the spread of novel Coronavirus.
"TeamIndia is now #TeamMaskForce! Join #IndiaFightsCorona and download @mygovindia's @SetuAarogya mobile application Mobile phone," the BCCI tweeted.
In a Government of India campaign, as many as 10 Indian men's and women's cricketers can be seen motivating the citizens of India to join hands in the fight against the pandemic."Being a part of Indian team is a matter of great pride. But today, we are going to create a bigger team, Team Mask Force," Indian captain Kohli said in the video.
Doing his bit, Tendulkar said, "Come on India, make masks and become part of mask force. And remember to wash hands for 20 seconds and maintain social distancing."
The video has messages from BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, Smriti Mandhana, Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Harmanpreet Kaur, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid and Mithali Raj, all of them speaking about the importance of wearing masks and following the directives of the government in this fight.
"We have to wear these masks every time we are outside our house," says legendary cricketer Rahul Dravid, who has a 'wall' painted on his mask.
In the video, Virender Sehwag shows his mask with a 'commentator's mike' on it."Becoming a part of Mask Force is very easy, just sit at home and make masks, like I made one for myself," Rohit said.
Earlier, the BCCI contributed Rs 51 crore to the Prime Ministers' Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund.The pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has so far claimed 498 lives and infected over 14792 people across the country.(UNI)