Former India all-rounder Laxmi Ratan Shukla on Thursday announced he has donated his entire Indian Premier League commentary fee to the West Bengal’s Chief Minister Relief Fund to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

Shukla had served as Kolkata’s Sports and Youth Affairs Minister between 2016 and 2021 before quitting politics early this year. He was a TMC MLA from the Howrah Uttar constituency.

“I am glad that I could donate my IPL 2021 commentary’s remuneration for the state’s welfare on my birthday,” Shukla said.

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“Whatever I am today is because of the people and their support around me. Hence, on this auspicious day, if my humble contribution can make a difference to the huge calamity that we all are going through, I will consider myself lucky,” he added.

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