Police enlist cricketers to help public during lockdown


Former all-rounder Farveez Maharoof together with the help of Police and STF was giving away dry rations to people who are in the lockdown area of Maradana

By Rex Clementine

Police have secured the support of Sri Lanka’s cricketers to carry out relief operations. Before restrictions to travel from district to district were enforced, former skipper Sanath Jayasuriya was issued with a curfew pass valid to travel to all corners of the country and Jayasuriya was seen travelling around distributing food items among the needy.

All-rounder Farveez Maharoof, too, is heavily involved in relief work and he has gone a step further by requesting the old boys of his alma mater – Wesley College – to donate money to help purchase dry rations which were distributed mostly among daily wage earners.

Together with the Police and the STF, Maharoof has been working tirelessly in lockdown areas such as Poruthota in Negombo and Maradana in Colombo.

Other players too have taken initiative to help those in need. World Cup winners Roshan Mahanama and Chaminda Vaas have teamed up with a group of doctors and they have been going around giving away dry rations.

Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have got together and given away dry rations for over 8000 families so far. Another former captain T.M. Dilshan has been involved in relief work in down south.

Champion spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan made a personal donation of Rs. Five million to the government while Sri Lanka Cricket gave away a sum of Rs. 25 million.

Members of the national cricket team apart from personally helping those in need have pooled money to help hospitals to buy medical equipment that were urgently required.Former fast bowler Dhammika Prasad too has been involved in relief work assisting people of the Gampaha district.

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