Pakistan’s former pioneer, Shoaib Akhtar, has proposed three series of ODI series against arch-rivals India to raise funds to fight the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in both countries.
India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2007 due to tense diplomatic relations between the two countries. The two teams competed with each other in the event organized by the ICC and the Asian Cup.
“In this time of crisis, I would like to propose a three-game series in which for the first time, people from both countries will not be disappointed with the outcome of the match,” Akhtar told PTI.
“If Virat (Kohli) scores a hundred, we will be happy, if Babar Azam scores a hundred, you will be happy. “Both teams will win regardless of what happens on the field,” he said.
“You will definitely get a lot of viewers for these games. For the first time, the two countries will play with each other. And any funds generated through this can be donated equally to the governments of India and Pakistan to fight this pandemic, “Rawalpindi Express added.
With both countries locked in the middle of a coronavirus, this series can only be regulated when conditions improve. However, Akhtar felt that the sooner the match was held, the better, but he could not say how the logistics for such an initiative would be provided.
“Everyone is sitting at home now, so there will be a lot of followers for the match. Maybe not now, when things start to improve, the game can be set in a neutral location like Dubai. Charter flights can be arranged and matches can be held.
“That could even lead to the resumption of bilateral cricket relations and relations between the two countries will increase diplomatically. You never know, “said the 44-year-old man.
“The whole world will set it, so much money can be collected to overcome this crisis. In difficult times, the character of the nation comes forward. “
In these difficult times, Akhtar felt the two countries must help each other.
“If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this movement forever. But we can only propose a match. The rest is up to the authorities (to decide). “