IPL 2022: Arjuna Ranatunga Asks Sri Lankan Players Contracted With IPL Teams To Speak Out Amid Economic Crisis

Updated - 12 Apr 2022, 07:05 PM

Arjuna Ranatunga , Sri Lankan Cricket
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Former Sri Lankan cricketer Arjuna Ranatunga has called out the Sri Lankan players participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to come out and speak up against the home government.

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The Island Nation is fighting through a severe economic crisis as a shortage of food and fuel has hit the people of the nation hard. They are experiencing foreign exchange shortages and also a lack of essential goods.

I really don’t know but there are some cricketers who are lavishly playing in the IPL and haven’t spoken about their country. Unfortunately, people are scared to speak against the government.

Wanindu Hasaranga, IPL 2022, RCB
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These cricketers are also working for the cricket board under the ministry and they are trying to protect their jobs. But now they have to take a step as some of the young cricketers also came forward and gave statements in support of the protest,” Ranatunga told ANI.

“When something is going wrong, you should have the guts to come out” – Arjuna Ranatunga

The crisis has led to protests from the Lankan people who are demanding that the current Prime Minister, Mahindra Rajapaksa, and President, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, be removed from their respective posts.

When something is going wrong, you should have the guts to come out and speak against it, without thinking about your business. People ask me why I am not in the protests.”

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It’s just that I have been into politics for the last 19 years and this is not a political issue. So far, none of the political parties and politicians have got into the protests and that’s the biggest strength of the people of this country,” he further added.

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