Syed Kirmani says he will donate eyes, retracts later

Former Indian cricketer Syed Kirmani says he cannot donate eyes due to certain religious values.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: January 7, 2018 3:05 pm
Syed Kirmani is former Indian wicketkeeping batsman. Syed Kirmani was part of India’s 1983 World Cup winning team.

Former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Syed Kirmani, who recently met India Blind Men Cricket team in Bengaluru, before they left to play the Blind World Cup in Dubai, reportedly surprised everyone when he announced that he will be donating his eyes, only to retract the statement later. According to a report by Times of India, the 1983 World Cup-winning Indian team member attended an awareness campaign on eye donation organised by Rotary Rajan Eye Bank and Rotary Club of Madras. At the event, in the presence of Dr Mohan Rajan of Rajan Eye Care, the former cricketer announced, “Naan en kankalai dhaanam seikiren, neengalum kan thaanam seiyungal (I am donating my eyes, you too donate your eyes).”

Kirmani further added that more celebrities should come forward to inspire individuals 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, the 68-year later retracted his statement and said that he cannot donate eyes due to 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.

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  1. Mohini Madhukar
    Jan 7, 2018 at 4:16 pm
    Muslim religion does not permit donation of eye ? After death do we need eye to see Allah ?
    1. Babu Indian
      Jan 7, 2018 at 3:54 pm
      "No I cannot donate my eyes since I am a Muslim and that conflicts with my religion , but I encourage others ( non muslims ) to donate so that people ( both muslims and non muslims ) get benefited " . Great gesture indeed . Its like -- I cannot allow my daughter to marry a Hindu man ( I will kill her ) , but I will encourage my son to marry a Hindu girl, I will be very happy . This is islam.Another instance of islamic hypocricy.
      1. Mohini Madhukar
        Jan 7, 2018 at 4:18 pm
        This is the exact meaning of what is sauce for goose is not sauce for gander.
      2. Nilesh Jain
        Jan 7, 2018 at 3:47 pm
        Never wanted to donate to a 'THIEF' , who'll than use it to loot people and harass them. Why acting innocent, you have already looted everything.
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