Novel coronavirus has turned into an epidemic. The deadly COVID-19 has already claimed more than 19,000 lives across the world. More than four lakhs are tested positive. In this scenario, many sporting events either postponed or canceled. Recently the Tokyo Olympics 2020 has been postponed by one year. Cricket is no exception in this regard. All the scheduled international cricket matches have been put on hold. Indian Premier League has been postponed until 15th April. But the fate of this tournament looks uncertain as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced 21 days lockdown, which also ends in mid-April. Our neighboring country Pakistan is also facing the heat of COVID-19. The entire country is under lockdown. In these hard times, poor people, especially daily wage earners are facing extreme hardships as they can’t step out of their homes for earning their bread and butter.

Many cricketers have come forward to help these needy people. But not only cricketers, now well known Pakistan umpire Aleem Dar offering free food to the poor people of Lahore. “It is a very challenging time especially for the poor people of our society. We are distributing free food for jobless and deserving people in this hour of need outside our restaurant between 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm”, He said as quoted by Aleem Dar added, “The present crisis expects from all of us to come forward and contribute as much as we can. We can defeat coronavirus and persisting crisis through combine efforts.” The name of his restaurant is “Dar’s Delighto” which is located in Lahore.

One of the finest Umpire of Pakistan

Aleem Dar is one of the finest umpire produced this cricket crazy nation.  He is an ICC Elite Panel Umpire. So far he managed 132 Tests, 208 ODIs and 46 T20s. He has a total of 386 international matches under his belt.

Coronavirus has also affected cricket in Pakistan. The last leg of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 had to be postponed after the outbreak of this deadly virus. One Test match and One ODI match between Pakistan and Bangladesh scheduled to be held later this month at the National Stadium in Karachi has also been put on hold. We have no clue when normalcy would return to the cricket field. But for the time being, the world is praying together to defeat the novel coronavirus and one can only hope that we come out victorious in this difficult match!


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