Former New Zealand cricketer Iain O'Brien resorts to crowd-funding to raise money for flight back home in UK

O'Brien played 22 Tests, 10 ODIs and four T20Is for New Zealand but now lives with his wife Rosie and two kids in the UK.

Press Trust of India, Mar 26, 2020 14:55:02 IST

Christchurch: Desperate to reunite with his family in the UK, stranded former New Zealand pacer Iain O'Brien has resorted to crowd-funding to arrange for his tickets after his flights were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 43-year-old from is seeking donations through social networking site Twitter to fund his way back home.

Former New Zealand cricketer Iain OBrien resorts to crowd-funding to raise money for flight back home in UK

Ian O'Brien played 22 Tests, 10 ODIs and four T20Is for New Zealand. Image: Twitter @iainobrien

"Ok, so trying to raise some money to pay for this flight back to the UK, O'Brien wrote on his handle.

"I have an idea. If anyone would love a 20 min Skype/vid call, one on one, talk about all things cricket, politics, sausages, mental health, Sachin, etc.

"If you'd like that & can spare a couple of $, DM me."

O'Brien played 22 Tests, 10 ODIs and four T20Is for New Zealand but now lives with his wife Rosie and two kids in the UK.

The coronavirus outbreak has so far claimed more than 21,000 lives and infected over 4,00,000 globally, prompting countries to shut down borders.

O'Brien, who was in New Zealand to deal with some mental health issues, had earlier said that he is worried about his wife's health as she has a lung condition, which puts her at great risk in 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.

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Updated Date: Mar 26, 2020 14:55:02 IST


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4
Punjab
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Mumbai
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3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
6 New Zealand 7114 245