Sri Lanka are coming to Test cricket after disastrous exit from Asia Cup T20 2016 and ICC World T20 2016 © Getty Images
Sri Lanka are coming to Test cricket after disastrous exit from Asia Cup T20 2016 and ICC World T20 2016 © Getty Images

Sri Lanka are currently playing Test series against England at Headingley, but just before the match Sri Lanka witnessed floods due to heavy downpour. To show solidarity towards their victims, the Sri Lankan cricket team has made contribution of INR 1 Million to aid flood relief through the Cricket Aid program conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Sri Lanka cricket team captain Angelo Mathews expressed his sorrow for the victims through a special message through national television and further was let out on social media to spread more awareness on the issue, although they are away from their home at the moment. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England  vs  Sri Lanka First Test at Headingley, Leeds: Live Cricket Score

Mathews said, “we are shocked and saddened to hear of the floods and landslides. We love you all and our thoughts and prayers are with you,” as mentioned on sundaytimes.com. The contribution received by the team will be used for potable water, medical supplies and other essentials. To show support to the victims, Sri Lanka team also wore black bands on their arm on Day 1 of 1 st Test match. ALSO READ: Rangana Herath goes past Derek Underwood, 2 short of 300

Source close to SLC further mentioned, “The team wore black armbands as they opened their tour at the first Test match in honour of those who have lost their lives. The Sri Lanka team, currently playing their first test of the Investec Test Series in UK, have made a donation of Rs. 1 Million to assist in national flood relief efforts through Cricket Aid. Cricket Aid, has commenced immediate relief operations, and is disbursing the funds initially via 500 aid packages containing the following items such as water bottles, bed sheet, undergarments, towel, sanitary napkins, skirts and sarongs and mats”.

For contributions from other places, SLC provided contact details, “Contributions can be dropped off at our collection center — Sri Lanka Cricket, 35, Maitland Place, Colombo 7 and inquiries may be made on 0112681601 or cricketaid@srilankacricket.lk.”