COVID-19 pandemic has affected the lives of millions around the world. Many people have lost jobs, and some have been even stranded on the streets. Sportspersons are no different. When we think about sportspersons we think about only the elite names, but there are so many others who find it difficult to meets their ends during this tough period where the number of sporting competitions is very less. One such case is that of Netherland’s International cricketer Paul Van Meekeren. The pandemic has forced him to work as a delivery boy for Uber Eats to make his ends meet. The world came to know about it through his heartfelt tweet.
If not for the pandemic, the T20 World Cup would have happened during this time in Australia. This was a perfect opportunity not just for the superstars of the game, but also for the players from the associate nations to showcase their talents on the big stage. Netherlands is one such associate nation that has qualified for the event. But the pandemic has forced ICC to postpone the event. This has come in as a stab in the back for some lower-paid players from the associate nations, who was looking forward to this event to make a living for themselves.
Netherlands cricketer Paul Van Meekeren put forward the gravity of the situation through his latest tweet.
“Should’ve been playing cricket today now I’m delivering Uber eats to get through the winter months!! Funny how things change hahaha keep smiling people (sic),” Meekeren wrote on Twitter.
Meekeren has so far played five ODIs and 41 T20Is and has picked up four and 47 wickets respectively. Many of the big names in the cricketing circle along with some passionate fans have come forward in lending a helping hand to this International cricketer.
The cricketing action has resumed a few months back with England’s home series against the West Indies. Many of the top nations like India, Australia, and England, etc have busy schedules lined up. But there is a great deal of uncertainty regarding the fate of Associate nations. There are no tournaments scheduled for them in the near future and even the T20 World Cup where some of them could’ve participated has been postponed to next year, that too to be staged in India.
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