Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar had recently proposed an idea of India and Pakistan playing a three-match series to generate funds to fight this pandemic. The idea had mostly received negative feedback for playing a cricket match in these testing times is likely to degrade the situation.
Kapil Dev’s statement on India- Pakistan series
Where Indian former player Kapil Dev speaks against Shoaib Akhtar’s India-Pakistan series. After Kapil Dev Indian cricketer Harbhajan Singh has hit back at former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar’s proposal of conducting a series between India and Pakistan to raise funds for the fight against coronavirus pandemic.
He also suggested that there must be better alternative ways of raising funds for COVID-19 victims. “See cricket is the last thing on my mind at the moment. I am not even thinking about it. There are other way to raise funds. It is not necessary to hold a cricket match,” he said.
Harbhajan Singh makes his reply
“I don’t think anyone should think about sports and cricket at this hour. These are small things. Lives are at stake…understand that,” he was quoted as saying by numerous outlets.
The two arch-rival nations have not played any bilateral series since 2007. They only play each other in the ICC events and Asia Cup.
Former Indian skipper, Kapil Dev had also shared similar views over the topic and had said: “He is entitled to his opinion but we don’t need to raise the money, We have enough. The situation is unlikely to get normal anytime soon and organizing a cricket game means putting our cricketers at risk which we don’t need to,” he added.
BCCI’s donation on COVID relief fund
Furthermore, Dev pointed out BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) donating a whopping INR 51 crore towards the PM Cares Fund and how playing cricket in the near future will involve great risks for both the players and the spectators.