Stranded former New Zealand pacer resorts to crowdfunding for flight back home
By: Sports Desk |

Updated: March 26, 2020 4:02:16 pm


Iain O’Brien has performed 22 Tests, 10 ODIs and 4 T20Is for New Zealand. (File Photo)

Former New Zealand pacer Iain O’Brien has turned to crowdfunding to pay for his tickets after his flights back home had been cancelled within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

A bowler who has performed 22 Tests, 10 ODIs and four T20Is, O’Brien now lives within the UK. He had gone to New Zealand for psychological well being points. Trying to return home has proved to be a nightmare for him as three of his flights to the UK have been cancelled, with the pandemic having induced widespread disruptions in worldwide travelling.

The former cricketer, now 43 years outdated, has now turned to the determined measure of turning to Twitter for assist.

“Ok, so attempting to elevate some cash to pay for this flight back to the UK, O’Brien wrote on his deal with. “I’ve an thought. If anybody would love a 20 min Skype/vid name, one on one, speak about all issues cricket, politics, sausages, psychological well being, Sachin, and so forth. “If you’d like that & can spare a few $, DM me.”

O’Brien performed 22 Tests, 10 ODIs and 4 T20Is for New Zealand however now lives along with his spouse Rosie and two youngsters within the UK.

The coronavirus outbreak has thus far claimed greater than 21,000 lives and contaminated over 4,00,000 globally, prompting international locations to shut down borders.

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O’Brien, who was in New Zealand to take care of some psychological well being points, had earlier stated that he’s apprehensive about his spouse’s well being as she has a lung situation, which places her at nice threat within the rapidly-spreading virus.

“The big bit for me is my wife has a lung condition where if she gets any sort of chest infection it can take time off her life,” O’Brien was quoted as saying by the ‘stuff.co.nz’.

“This virus could kill her. With a couple of kids for her to deal with, and her mum is 80, there’s a fair bit on her plate at the moment. I would be kind of keen to take some of that stress off her but I think I’m just adding to it at the moment.”

(With PTI inputs)

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