The visiting Australian cricket team on Thursday extended its support to the United Nations’ appeal to buy urgently needed food and life-saving medicines for Sri Lanka. The cricketers have joined hands with the United Nations team and NGOs in Sri Lanka, which launched a Joint Humanitarian Needs and Priorities (HNP) scheme.
The program needs US$47.2 million in humanitarian assistance to provide life-saving assistance to Sri Lanka over a four-month period from June to September. Through a video, Australian cricketers Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc have given a message to raise awareness about Sri Lanka’s economic crisis.
Sri Lankan legend Sanath Jayasuriya has appreciated Cricket Australia’s move. He tweeted, “Special thanks to Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc for their heartfelt appeal on behalf of Sri Lanka. I thank you as a former cricketer and a Sri Lankan. This is what the game is about. Old Warne would have been proud of the boys!
In a video put out by the Australian High Commission in Colombo on Thursday, cricketers Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith said they are encouraging friends to assist in any way they can in the United Nations’ appeal for a $47.2 million emergency fund.
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“The United Nations has launched a flash appeal in Sri Lanka to support the poor communities affected by the crisis,” Starc said. “We are proud that Australia is doing its job,” said Smith. Can help blow this crisis by hitting it like a six.
Australia has won the first two T20 matches and won the three-match T20I series. Five ODIs and two Tests will also be played between these two teams.