Sri Lankan spinner Muthiah Muralidaran
has accused World Vision of failing to pass on more than $14
million raised at last yearís tsunami match at the Melbourne
Cricket Ground. Muralidaran, who narrowly escaped the tsunami
and fronted World Vision initiatives in its aftermath, said the
devastated southern region of Sri Lanka had not received any
"We havenít seen records of them doing
anything in Sri Lanka," he said. "I donít know where the money
Muralidaran did thank Steve Waugh. "He
has given 10 houses," he said.
World Visionís chief executive, Tim
Costello, denied Muralidaranís claims, saying he had seen work
completed by the charity in Sri Lanka.
Figures released by World Vision on
Thursday showed that money raised from the charity one-day
cricket match was distributed to countries hit by the tsunami,
which killed between 220,000 and 400,000 people.
"That is one of the most bizarre
comments I have heard in my life," Mr Costello said, when told
of Muralidaranís assertions. "I was in Sri Lanka just before
Christmas and saw the work we were doing myself."
Sri Lanka Government spokesman Nimal
Siripala de Silva said he could not comment on the dispensation
of tsunami funds by World Vision but confirmed there had been
concerned about reconstruction work by some foreign charities.
A diplomatic source, who spoke on
condition of anonymity, said: "The perception is that World
Vision is not performing on the ground, particularly in the area
of housing reconstruction. Not a single permanent house has been
A World Vision spokesman said
construction oof 2000 permanent houses was underway and 2200
temporary shelters had been built.