Cricketers in organs plea

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Scotland’s cricket team is urging more people from south Asian communities to join the organ donor register.

The team’s backing for the organ donation campaign comes after the latest figures show that just over 1 per cent of people on the register are from black, Asian and minority ­ethnic backgrounds.

Scotland were playing Pakistan at the Grange today.

People with these backgrounds are said to be three to four times more likely to need a kidney transplant due to being more prone to developing diabetes or high blood pressure.

Public Health Minister Michael Matheson said: “We must educate more people about donation and explain that there’s no reason not to join the register.”