COLOMBO: Australia Test captain Pat Cummins on Saturday urged the world to donate wholeheartedly to Sri Lanka, which is in the midst of a massive economic crisis.
The bowling stalwart posted a video on social media and listed the difficulties faced by islanders, many of whom are unable to get two meals a day.
Cummins, the Australian Unicef ambassador who is playing a two-Test series in Sri Lanka, tweeted: “Sri Lanka is facing its worst humanitarian crisis in decades. I recently met Kowsala and Sathuja ( two local girls) in Sri Lanka to talk about their experience and learn more about what is happening on the ground.”
“I have to say it’s an amazing country with fantastic people. However, everyday life here in Sri Lanka is tough right now and children are at the very heart of it,” Cummins said in a video from two minutes on Saturday.
“I recently spoke to Kowsala and Sathuja who live here in Sri Lanka and are part of Unicef’s Sport for Development programme.”
The two girls recounted the hardships faced by children in the country, with many forced to skip school due to fuel shortages.
“Due to the current economic and fuel crisis, it has been difficult for us to go to the field to fully engage in cricket. Due to the fuel crisis, transportation is an issue now. It is very difficult for us to use the bus,” said Kowsala, the captain of her school’s women’s cricket team.
“Teachers come from afar, but due to the fuel crisis, they don’t come to school regularly. Because of that, we find it difficult to learn. The school is only open three days a week. now,” she said. adding: “Most people only eat one meal a day. Most people who depend on fishing cannot go fishing due to the fuel crisis. It is very difficult,” she added.
Cummins said he was part of Unicef’s program which aims to provide “vital water, nutrition, health, education and child protection services”, adding that at Through the video, he wants to send a message to people to “meet the rising needs of children” by giving freely.