In times of the 21-day lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, sports personalities like Sachin Tendulkar and PV Sindhu among others have already made donations for the cause. Now, India cricketer Shahbaz Nadeem has come forward and is doing his bit towards the relief. Also Read - Coronavirus in Telangana Crosses 39,000-mark With 1,597 New Cases, 11 Fresh Deaths

The Dhanbad-born is trying to help the needy by holding a donation drive of essential supplies in Jhariya, where he intends to help 350 families. He claims to have already helped 150 to 200 families. Also Read - Global COVID-19 Cases Top 13.2 Million : Johns Hopkins

“Till now we’ve been able to distribute these things among 150 families, there are 200 more to go,” Nadeem was quoted as saying by the Times of India. Also Read - Bengaluru Lockdown News: Karnataka Issues Guidelines For E-commerce, Food Delivery Services | Check Details

“I believe in providing direct aid, so from the morning we’re mainly busy preparing packets so that we can help as many people as possible,” he further explained.

With no other option, left stranded at home, he spoke on humanity being bigger than the cash-rich Indian Premier League which is likely to be canceled due to the pandemic.

“Right now the priority should be everyone’s safety and health. Whether it is today or tomorrow, IPL will be back but right now it’s human lives which are at stake. For me there is no other option other than working out at home. Any player would love to be on the field but one has to accept the situation,” said Nadeem.

The left-arm spinner also spoke about how he is visiting the gym to stay fit.

“The gym sessions are helping me. Whenever the season starts, be it the IPL or any other form of the game, I’m good enough to hit the ground running,” he remarked.