THIS PBKS batter makes emotional appeal to SL amid economic crisis ahead of CSK clash | Cricket News
Punjab Kings striker Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who is a Sri Lankan international player, has shown his support for his ‘fellow Sri Lankans’ as his country faces emergency situations and economic crisis.
Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has declared a state of emergency in the country, giving security forces powers to arrest and detain suspects with immediate effect. Sri Lankans are taking to the streets to protest the massive policies of mismanagement that have led to the country’s economic situation worsening.
In an appeal to the government of Sri Lanka, he said the people of Sri Lanka were not the enemy and must be protected at all costs.
He wrote: “Even though I am several miles away, I can still feel the anguish of my fellow Sri Lankans as they struggle to survive each day.
— Bhanuka Rajapaksa (@BhanukaRajapak3) April 3, 2022
“Now they have seen even their most basic rights taken away, in an effort to drown out their voices. But when 22 million voices rise in unison, it cannot be ignored. The people of Sri Lanka deserve be heard.
“The people of Sri Lanka deserve to live without fear of not being able to provide for their families. The people of Sri Lanka deserve better.”
“I implore everyone involved to remember that the people are not the enemy. They must be protected at all costs.”
Former Sri Lanka player and current Mumbai Indians manager Mahels Jayawardena has also criticized recent government action against people protesting against the economic crisis in Colombo and other parts of the country.