Shoaib Akhtar moots India-Pakistan ODI series to raise funds for tackling COVID-19


Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, on Wednesday, proposed a three-match ODI series in opposition to arch-rival India to raise funds for the combat in opposition to the COVID-19 pandemic in each the nations.

The two nations haven’t performed a full-series since 2007 due to the terrorist assaults on India by Pakistan-based outfits and the resultant diplomatic pressure. They solely play one another in ICC occasions and Asia Cup.

Outcome irrelevant

“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 advised PTI from Islamabad.

“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.

Sooner the higher

With each nations in a lockdown amid the fast-spreading pandemic, the video games can solely be organised when issues enhance. However, Akhtar feels the earlier they’re held, the higher it could be however couldn’t inform how the logistics of such an initiative can be labored out.

“Everyone is sitting at dwelling in the intervening time, so there might be an enormous following for the video games. May be not now, when issues begin bettering, the video games could possibly be organised at a impartial location like Dubai. Chartered flights could possibly be organized and the matches may he held.

“It could even lead to resumption of bilateral cricketing ties and relations of both countries improve diplomatically. You never know,” he mentioned.

“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.”

In these extraordinary occasions, Akhtar feels each nations ought to 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).”

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