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I have been standing in queue for petrol for 2 days: Sri Lankan cricketer Chamika Karunaratne on country’s economic crisis

Sri Lanka is set to host key cricketing tournaments like Asia Cup and Lankan Premier League amidst this crisis.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 16 July 2022 3:42 pm

Sri Lanka cricketer Chamika Karunaratne has opened up about his experience of living in a country that is going through its worst economic crisis over the last few months. He talked about how he has been standing in a queue for petrol for the past two days and filled up petrol that will last for the next two-three days. 

While talking to an Indian news agency, Karunaratne said, “We’ve to go for practices in Colombo and to different other places as club cricket season is on but I’ve been standing in queue for fuel for past 2 days. I got it filled for ₹10,000 which will last 2-3 days…” 

The fast-bowler then talked about how Sri Lanka is set to host key cricketing tournaments like Asia Cup and Lankan Premier League amidst these crisis. He said, “Asia Cup is coming and LPL is also scheduled this year. I do not know what will happen because I have to go to Colombo and different places for the practices and do attend club season.”

“Due to fuel shortage. I cannot go to the practices.. since two days I did not go anywhere because. I am in a long queues for petrol. Luckily I got it today but for ten thousand rupees that will go only maximum two to three days,” Karunaratne said to ANI. 

The cricketer then went on to praise India for their extended help to Sri Lanka during the crisis. He talked about how both countries have incredible historic relations and affirmed the fact they will bounce back. 

“India is like a brother country to us. They are helping us a lot. I would like to thank them. We know we are having a big problem and India always supports us. We have a rich history with India. We know that we are struggling, but thanks to India for everything and we will keep getting better and better,” he said.


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