Our non-charitable cricketers

Just as flooding in Sri Lanka has uprooted thousands, in Queensland, Australia, flooding has left many in a desperate position, too. Australian cricketers, along with players from the English side currently touring there, have admirably sprung into action, appealing for donations, even forking out large sums of money from their own pockets.

Australia’s cricketers appealed for donations to help Queensland’s flood victims while their English counterparts will donate part of their match fees to the relief fund.

All of England’s Twenty20 cricketers playing Australia at Adelaide Oval on Wednesday night will donate some of their match wages to the Queensland flood relief appeal.

It makes you wonder where our cricketers are during this time of need?

The UN has to now appeal for funds from international donors, when our own citizens, some extremely wealthy enough to fund relief efforts with just a fraction of their own wealth, turn a blind eye.

Neil Buhne, the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator, said in a statement released on Friday that the UN will issue an appeal in the coming days for money to help replant the fields and compensate people affected.

"I urge donors to generously support priority needs such as mosquito nets, clean water and food," he said.

Nearly 390,000 remain homeless and 3,744 houses have been totally destroyed, he said.

To my knowledge, not one Sri Lankan cricketer has appealed to the public to donate. I haven’t heard of them donating any money for their brothers and sisters in the north and east either.

Several of Sri Lanka’s leading players secured hefty IPL contracts, but it is a shame that not one has come forward to help their fellow Sri Lankans.

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