Sri Lanka Cricket grants LKR 25 million to fight coronavirus
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The governing body of cricket in Sri Lanka, SLC (Sri Lanka Cricket) have decided to help fund the fight against the coronavirus epidemic with a sum of 25 million Lankan rupees to the government of the country.
In a press release issued by the body on Sunday, SLC clarified that the grant will be handed over "immediately".
"Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has taken a decision to grant a sum of LKR 25 million to the Government to help its efforts toward combating the Covid-19 pandemic, which has created a national health crisis.
"Accordingly, the grant will be handed over to the Government immediately.
"Sri Lanka Cricket, whilst understanding the gravity of the ongoing health problem, has also taken several other steps to provide its fullest assistance to the Government in order to combat the crisis.
"SLC has already postponed all domestic cricket tournaments, until further notice, while have asked our players, (first class and national) and also employees to remain indoors, during this troubled time, obeying government directives.
"Our national players are constantly supporting the fight against the Covid-19 via their Social Media Platforms requesting the fans to remain safe.
"The SLC also wishes to take this opportunity to commend the Government, health and other government officials, the Sri Lanka Armed Forces, Police and all relevant parties engaged in doing its utmost best to help the nation recover from the ongoing health crisis.
More than 337,000 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus across the world and 14,651 have died, with deaths in Italy surpassing the toll in China where the outbreak began, according to a Reuters tally. In Sri Lanka, as of 0200 GMT on March 23, 82 confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported.