Shah Rukh Khan’s Trinbago Knight Riders distribute 1,000 food hampers to the needy in coronavirus pandemic

Shah Rukh Khan’s Trinbago Knight Riders distribute 1,000 food hampers to the needy in coronavirus pandemic

'We all know the challenge this health crisis has posed,'- TKR director Venky Mysore.

Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20/Getty Images)

Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR), the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise owned by Shah Rukh Khan, has come out in support of the ones affected in the COVID-19 pandemic. The Knights have distributed 1,000 food hampers to the needy in Trinidad and Tobago. The coronavirus cases in the Caribbean Island is 116 with eight deaths being reported thus far.

T&T is currently under a lockdown period and 72 patients have been discharged thus far. Recently, a study conducted by the Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker (OxCGRT) stated that the island comes second after Vietnam among the WHO-recommended countries for relaxing physical distancing measures. Barbados is the only other Caribbean nation in the top 10.

In the meantime, Shah Rukh Khan, who’s also the owner of Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, lauded his boys for the heartfelt step. “@tkriders collaborated with HADCO Ltd. to ‘Do the Knight thing’ & distribute as many as 1k food hampers to the needy who are struggling because of the lockdown in Trinidad & Tobago. Proud of u my boys!,” Shah Rukh’s tweet read.

This is a start and we will surely evaluate the needs: TKR Director Venky Mysore

Venky Mysore, the Director of the TKR franchise, sounded confident about serving the underprivileged in the global pandemic situation.

“We all know the challenge this health crisis has posed. The entire TKR family wants to contribute and play a small role in easing the pain felt by the people of Trinidad & Tobago. Our players and support staff have been fantastic, as has been HADCO.

“When we discussed this idea, they all spontaneously agreed to get involved with the initiative. Our players will personally deliver the hampers and hopefully this will put a smile on the faces of the people and ease the pain a little bit. This is a start and we will surely evaluate the needs on an ongoing basis and do whatever we can to contribute,” Mysore stated.

In the last season, the Knights couldn’t make the final after losing to Barbados Tridents  in the second Qualifier. Kieron Pollard was named as the skipper of the team after Dwayne Bravo was ruled out due to an injury.