Rampant rhino poaching is one of the most burning environmental issues in Assam and the gravity of the issue is now known across the globe. Now, former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has volunteered to help in curbing rhino poaching in Kaziranga National Park. In a tweet on Sunday, the middle order batsman also asked others to help.
INDIA – I'm led to believe there's poaching issues in Kaziranga National Park of rhinos…! You know that YOU can help!
I'll help too! ?
— KP (@KP24) October 22, 2017
Interestingly, Kevin Pietersen’s passion for batting is only exceeded by his passion for rhino conservation. The Surrey star is a champion of the cause , as he had earlier told Sky Sports, awareness needs to grow with a rhino getting killed in Africa ‘every eight hours.’
Surrey’s NatWest T20 Blast game at home to Sussex last August – which Pietersen missed due to a calf injury – was dedicated to raising more for rhinos, with £1 of every ticket sold going to charity. Speaking ahead of the match, Pietersen praised Surrey for supporting the campaign and gave a greater insight about rhinos’ current plight.
‘There are 20,000 rhinos left and one gets killed every eight hours in Africa. It kills me to see it and hear about it on a daily basis. Wildlife is my thing having been brought up in South Africa, and the conservation side is something that I love doing. We started off this campaign, this crusade, at the Melbourne Stars [in the Big Bash League] to help me use cricket, something I have a standing in, to raise awareness and money for rhinos. We dedicated a game to rhinos, against Sydney Sixers at the MCG, and split the money between two charities, while all my bat money goes directly to rhinos, too’ said Pietersen.
It would be interesting to see whether KP, as he is commonly known in the cricket circuit, decides to do something similar for the rhinos in Kaziranga.