Updated: April 8, 2020 10:36:06 pm
In the wake of the worldwide disaster precipitated because of coronavirus outbreak, former speedster Shoaib Akhtar urged the 2 neighbours- India and Pakistan to return 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 coming to a halt between the 2 nations because of rising political tensions, Akhtar additionally proposed the thought of conducting a three-match ODI collection to boost funds for the battle 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 sure to get large viewership for the video games. For the primary time, each international locations will play for one another. And no matter funds are generated by way of this will be donated equally to the federal government of India and Pakistan to battle 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.”
“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 categorical 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 along 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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