Kumar Sangakkara on the economic crisis and the protests in Sri Lanka, “People are not an enemy”
Former Sri Lankan cricketer Kumar Sangakkara released a statement on Monday criticizing his country’s political leaders for the current economic crisis. In a statement, Sangakkara said Sri Lankans were going through one of the most difficult times in their history and it was “heartbreaking” to see their “desperation” as they tried to get through the day. Prices of vital commodities have skyrocketed in Sri Lanka due to the current economic crisis, which is believed to have been caused by the shortage of foreign currency.
“Sri Lankans are going through one of the most difficult times imaginable. It is heartbreaking to see the desperation of people and families as they struggle to get through the day, and each day gets harder for them. “, Kumar Sangakkara said in his statement.
“People are not enemies”
Sangakkara also expressed support for the ongoing protests in the country. People are raising their voices and demanding what is needed right now, according to the 44-year-old, who is a solution to the crisis. Sangakkara blasted both the ruling and opposition parties for ignoring the people, pointing out that while some are reacting angrily to the protests, others are trying to take advantage of them.
“The people are raising their voices and demanding what is needed: a solution. While some react with resentment and anger to this voice, others try to take undue advantage of it. The people are not an enemy. Sri Lanka is its Time is running out, people and their future must be protected and secured,” he added.
Sangakkara is currently in India for the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is the director of cricket for Rajasthan Royals (RR), who have topped the points standings since April 4.
Earlier, former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene criticized his country’s government for trying to end protests demanding the resignation of senior leadership, including President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. The Sri Lankan government on Sunday arrested more than 600 protesters for violating a daytime curfew imposed from Saturday to Monday. Jayawardene is also in India for the IPL 2022 season. He is the head coach of Mumbai Indians.