New Delhi : Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar proposed to organize a three-match one-day cricket series between the two countries to raise funds for the fight against the coronavirus in India and Pakistan. Two countries have not played a full series against each other since the 2008 terrorist attack on India by a Pakistan-based organization. Both have faced it in ICC tournaments and Asia Cup.
Shoaib told the Press Trust from Islamabad, “In this period of crisis I propose a three-match series between the two countries. For the first time, the result of this series will be anything, cricket fans of both countries will not be sad.”
He said, “We will be happy if Virat Kohli scores a century. You will be happy if Babar Azam scores a century. Whatever the outcome of the match, both teams will win.” He said, “This match will get a lot of viewers. For the first time both countries will play for each other. Whatever money is received from this, it should be distributed equally between the two countries for the fight against Corona.”
Shoaib said, “Everyone is sitting in the house so they will watch this match. Even if not now, when the conditions start to improve, then these matches can be played in Dubai. Chartered flights can be arranged for this.”
“This can also improve the diplomatic relations of the two countries,” he said, adding that both countries should help each other in this time of crisis. He said, “If India gives us 10,000 ventilators, Pakistan will always remember it.”
Asked about the criticism of Indian cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh, who requested Pakistan’s star cricketer Shahid Afridi’s charity, he said, “It is inhuman. At this time there should be talk of humanity, not of country or religion.”