Updated: April 8, 2020 10:32:57 pm
In the wake of worldwide disaster brought about as a result of coronavirus outbreak, former speedster Shoaib Akhtar urged the 2 neighbours- India and Pakistan to come back collectively and assist one another.
“If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever. But we can only propose the matches. The rest is up to the authorities (to decide),” Akhtar was quoted by PTI as saying.
With bilateral occasions taking a halt between the 2 international locations as a result of rising political tensions, Akhtar additionally proposed the thought of conducting a three-match ODI collection as a way to elevate funds for the struggle in opposition to COVID-19.
“In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games,” Akhtar mentioned.
“If Virat (Kohli) scores a hundred, we will be happy, if Babar Azam scores a hundred, you will be happy. Both teams will be winners irrespective of whatever happens on the field,” he mentioned.
“You are bound to get massive viewership for the games. For the first time, both countries will play for each other. And whatever funds are generated through this can be donated equally to the government of India and Pakistan to fight this pandemic,” added the 44-year-old.
“The whole world will tune into it, so much money can be raised to deal with this crisis. In difficult times, the character of the nation comes forward.”
Shoaib additionally spoke on the backlash confronted by former teammates Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh on social media for asking Indians to contribute to Shahid Afridi’s charity.
“It was inhuman to criticise them (Yuvraj and Harbhajan). It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity,” Akhtar mentioned.
The Rawalpindi specific cherished the second he spent in India as a commentator. “I am forever grateful about the love I have received from the people of India. For the first time I am revealing this, whatever I used to earn from India, I made a significant amount there, thirty percent of it, I used to distribute among the low income staff who used to work with me in the TV,” he said.
The former Pakistan cricketer additionally talked about that he used to go to the slum areas in Mumbai together with his face coated and hand over monetary assist to the needy and the underprivileged.
“From drivers, runners to my security guys. I took care of a lot of people. I was like if am earning from this country, I have to help my colleagues also,” he mentioned.
“I also remember visiting slums of Dharavi and Sion in the wee hours to meet people I worked with,” he recalled.
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