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Former cricketers raise awareness about lack of access to water | India News

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NEW DELHI: Frequent handwashing with soap and water is one of the safest and simplest ways to prevent spread of diseases like Covid-19.
But due to lack of access to water, many people in India are not able to practice this crucial exercise to maintain good health and hygiene.
In a unique exercise, international not-for-profit organisation WaterAid is running a campaign wherein veteran cricketer players such as WV Raman, Veda Krishnamurthy, Harmanpreet Kaur and Hashim Amla among others are trying their hand at defending the wicket with WaterAid’s specially designed bat.
This bat is just a quarter of the size of a standard cricket bat and it conveys the challenges people face while trying to defend themselves against Covid-19 with inadequate access to water, says WaterAid.
According to government statistics, only one in four homes has access to clean water for daily needs. “Cricketers convey the importance of adequate water by defending the wicket with just 25% of a bat,” the not-for-profit organisation added.
WV Raman, former India batsman who played for India between 1988-1997 and current head coach for the India women’s national team, said: “Hailing from Chennai, I have experienced how scarcity of water impacts quality of life. Top it up with a pandemic that requires regular handwashing and you have a terrible situation. I support WaterAid’s endeavour to bring water to everyone so that we as a country are able to excel in all areas of our lives like we excel in cricket”
Veda Krishnamurthy, leading batswoman of the India women’s cricket team, while supporting the campaign said. “Handwashing with clean water and soap is the first line of defence against coronavirus, but only a quarter of households in India have access to clean drinking water. Together, we can help bring water to those who don’t have it. And that’s why I have joined WaterAid’s campaign. I’m delighted that my sport is being used to bring attention to this issue.”

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