Stranded Kiwi pacer set to be reunited with family as cricket community steps in
By: Sports Desk |

Published: March 27, 2020 4:31:18 pm


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

Iain O’Brien, the previous New Zealand cricketer who had been stranded away from his family and had turned to crowdfunding to buy a flight ticket home, has raised all the cash he wanted from the cricket community.

“This is quite difficult because I’m not used to these kind of things,” O’Brien stated on his YouTube channel. “But I woke up this morning, maybe for the third or fourth time in my life I cried before I got out of bed… I thank you all so much for your contributions. It’s completely oxymoron, but I’m speechless and I really don’t know what to say. I’m just so grateful…thank you and my wife thanks you,” he stated on Friday.

Trying to return house to the UK, the place the 43-year-old now lives with his spouse, had proved to be a nightmare. Three of his flights to the UK had been cancelled, with the coronavirus pandemic having induced widespread disruptions in worldwide travelling.

He then turned to the determined measure of turning to Twitter for assist. “Ok, so attempting to increase some cash to pay for this flight again to the UK, O’Brien wrote on his deal with. “I’ve an concept. 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,” he had posted.

O’Brien had stated he was particularly anxious about returning house as his spouse suffers from a lung situation which locations her in the class of individuals particularly susceptible to COVID-19. “This virus could kill her,” he had written on his PayPal web page. “I need to get back ASAP to help her out and keep her safe.”

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