Govt calls on Sri Lankan cricketers to help stop the boats

Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga Paul Kane - Getty Images

THE Federal Government has turned to a pair of Sri Lankan cricket stars in attempt to stop the flow of asylum seeker boats from the country.

Retired Test great Muttiah Muralitharan and Twenty20 star Lasith Malinga each appear in short videos aimed at Sri Lankans living in Australia.

English and non-English versions of the video have been recorded, with the cricketers urging people not to encourage family members in Sri Lanka to seek asylum on risky boat journeys with people smugglers.

More than 950 Sri Lankan asylum seekers trying to get to Australia by boat have returned home, either voluntarily and involuntarily, since August last year.

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