'There is massive urgency here'- Mahela Jayawardene reacts to ongoing economic crisis in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is facing its worst-ever economic crisis.

Mahela Jayawardene
Mahela Jayawardene. (Photo Source: Twitter/Mumbai Indians)
Karthik Nair

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Former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene has come forward and expressed his disappointment about the ongoing economic crisis which has adversely affected the country and its citizens. Sri Lanka is currently going through an awkward financial crisis due to which the inflation rate has shot up, thereby affecting the daily lives of its citizens.

Jayawardene is currently a part of the ongoing IPL 2022 where he is the head coach of the five-time winners Mumbai Indians. Even though the 2014 T20 World Cup winner is in a different country, he is distressed at the problems faced by his countrymen and has reacted to them strongly on social media.

I’m sad to see emergency law and curfew in Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardene

Taking to his official Twitter handle, the ex-Lankan skipper voiced his opinion regarding the grave issue that his country and its people are facing currently.

“I’m sad to see emergency law and curfew in Sri Lanka. The government cannot ignore the needs of the people who have every right to protest. Detaining people who do is not acceptable and I am very proud of the brave Sri Lankan lawyers who rushed to their defence”, he wrote in a note.

“True leaders own up to mistakes. There is massive urgency here to protect the people of our country, united in their suffering. These problems are man-made and can be fixed by the right, qualified people. Certain people controlling the economy of this country have lost the people’s confidence and must stand down. We then need a good team to give the country confidence and belief”, he added.

“There is no time to waste. It is time to be humble, not make excuses and do the right thing”, Jayawardene concluded.

Mahela Jayawardene’s former Sri Lankan teammate, good friend, and the Rajasthan Royals Director of Cricket Kumar Sangakkara has also voiced his opinion on this issue.

The island nation is facing its worst-ever economic crisis. The Rajapaksa administration is not in a position to pay for essential imports due to a shortage in foreign currency as the result of which prices of basic commodities have skyrocketed.