Recently former India wicketkeeper batsman Syed kirmani pledged to donate his eyes but later turned away from his commitment stating religious issues.
Kirmani recently went to a program at Bengaluru to encourage the Blind Indian cricket team before they left for World Cup to be held at Dubai. The program was organized by Rotary Rajan Eye Bank and Rotary Club of Madras. One of the main aims of the program was to raise awareness about eye donation along with encouraging the team.
Kirmani who was a part of 1983 World Cup winning team out of a sudden pledged to donate his eyes in presence of Dr. Mohan Raj of Rajan Eye Care. The former India international announced, “Naan en kankalai dhaanam seikiren, neengalum kan thaanam seiyungal (I am donating my eyes, you too donate your eyes).”
He further added that all other celebrities should come forward to inspire other people to take up the cause, “The thought of donating your eyes only comes when you have come of age. Rajan is doing a yeoman service by helping others see the light of the world and I realised the importance of this cause. If more known faces like us come forward for this cause, it would be really helpful,” he said.
But later Syed Kirmani retracted from his pledge for certain religious values. I am an emotional and sentimental person. I was so touched with Rajan’s initiative that I pledged to donate my eyes. However, I might not be able to honour my commitment due to some religious values. And not everyone in India honours their pledge. But it shouldn’t deter others in coming forward to donate their eyes,” Kirmani told TOI.
He further said that a meeting with the blind cricket team prompted him to attend the event. “I was invited to give them a pep talk before they departed for Dubai. I saw their dedication and determination and was pleasantly surprised. That encouraged me to join the cause of donating eyes. I will also be flying to Dubai to inspire the team further,” he said.
Responding to Kirmani’s retraction, Dr Rajan told TOI that he accepts the former cricketer’s decision. “It was a noble gesture on Kirmani’s part to attend the function. But, I am not going to comment on what Kirmani wants to do later. I am okay if he doesn’t want to donate,” he said.
(With inputs from agencies)