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Dutch cricketer works as food delivery guy to make ends meet

Dutch cricketer works as food delivery guy to make ends meet

Netherlands cricketer Paul van Meekeren, Image source: KNCB

New Delhi: Most walks of life have gone down the tubes after COVID 19 hit, affecting livelihoods—and cricket is no exception.

Major cricket playing countries like England, India, Australia have begun playing. However, nations such as the Netherlands, Afghanistan, Namibia, Nepal and others are still reeling from the pandemic.

A recent tweet by Netherlands cricketer Paul van Meekeren gives insight into how the players of the second-tier cricket nations are going about their lives amid the pandemic.

The 27-year-old bowler, who last played against Zimbabwe in June 2019, says he is working as a food delivery guy to make his ends meet during the lockdown.

ESPNcricinfo, in a tweet, mentioned that 2020 T20 World Cup would have ended on Sunday at the MCG in Australia if the situation were normal and there was no outbreak of novel coronavirus.

Retweeting the post, Meekeren expressed his sadness on not playing the tournament and revealed that he has to instead deliver food to get through the winters.

"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)," said Meekeren.

Over 4 lakh Covid-19 cases have been reported in the Netherlands with more than 8,000 people losing their lives to the deadly disease. The country last went into a four-week partial lockdown from October 14.

Meekeren has so far played five ODIs and 41 T20Is for the Netherlands in which he has picked up four and 47 wickets respectively.

IANS report with edits

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