- Cricketers advocate the use of mask, call to create a ‘mask force’
- Mr Tendulkar urges to wash hands for 20 seconds, practice social distancing
- PM Modi asks to join ‘team mask force’, adds, take precautions to be safe
New Delhi: Amid the coronavirus crisis, the government of India has mandated the use of face masks, especially while venturing out of the house. Lending its support to the government and promoting the use of masks to fight the infectious disease COVID-19, BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) has created a video titled ‘mask force’. The video featuring India’s most revered cricketers including Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid urges fellow countrymen to join the team mask force and help the nation fight against the novel coronavirus.
Sharing the video on Twitter, BCCI wrote, “#TeamIndia is now #TeamMaskForce! Join #IndiaFightsCorona and download @mygovindia’s @SetuAarogya mobile application”.
— BCCI (@BCCI) April 18, 2020
The video starts with Virat Kohli, cricket team captain talking about creating a bigger team – team mask force. He says,
You along with your family cheer us and today, I have come to talk to your family. Being a part of the Indian team is a matter of great pride. But today, we are going to create a bigger team, Team Mask Force.
Sourav Ganguly features next and says that the ‘mask force’ will be like other task forces formed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight COVID-19.
Taking the message forward, Women’s team opener Smriti Mandhana says that 130 crore Indians have to form a ‘mask force’ at their home.
Explaining how one can be a part of the team mask force, cricketer Rohit Sharma says,
It’s very easy to be a part of the mask force. You just have to make a mask for yourself at home, just like I have made one for myself.
Further, while Rahul Dravid asks people to wear these masks every time they venture out of their house, Mithali Raj informs that these masks can be made using a clean cotton cloth and designed the way one wants.
In the end, Sachin Tendulkar, asks people to come together, make a mask and be a part of the mask force. He adds,
Remember to wash hands for 20 seconds, and practice social distancing.
The video ends with a public service announcement (PSA) asking people to download the Aarogya Setu mobile application launched by the central government to learn how to make a mask at home.
In the video, what’s interesting is the self-designed, customised masks donned by every cricketer. For instance, Harbhajan Singh wore a mask with a picture of turban painted over it, Sourav Ganguly’s mask had ‘dada’ written on it.
The video and the initiative were lauded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who shared the video and appealed the citizens to join the team mask force. PM Modi wrote, “Among the most important tasks today- be a part of #TeamMaskForce. Small but essential precautions can keep us all safe. Important to spread awareness about it.”
Among the most important tasks today- be a part of #TeamMaskForce.
Small but essential precautions can keep us all safe.
Important to spread awareness about it… https://t.co/50vY3lF20J
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 18, 2020