Shoaib Akhtar said, “If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever”
The world is gripped with the Coronavirus pandemic. While countries are vowing to help each other in these testing times, similar cooperation has been proposed by former Cricketer Shoaib Akhtar. Former Pakistan Cricket Player Shoaib Akhtar has urged neighbouring country India to shake hands and support each other.
While talking with PTI Shoaib Akhtar said, “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)”.
The tensions between two neighbouring countries India and Pakistan escalated since Pulwama attack. The political tensions have halted bilateral events. To de-escalate some tension, Akhtar has proposed an idea of organizing the three-match ODI series to raise funds for the fight against COVID-19.
Pakistan’s former cricketer said, “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 also said, “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”.
Akhtar expressed his thoughts in helping both the nation stating it, “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. 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 Akhtar also further added the hatred faced by the former Indian cricket player Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh on social media by the netizens who contributed to Shahid Afridi’s charity.
Akhtar said, “It was inhuman to criticise them (Yuvraj and Harbhajan). It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity”
Akhtar added his days in India was memorable as he also helped several heads in slums areas in Mumbai with his face covered and handed over financial help to the needy and the underprivileged.
Akhtar further added, “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. I also remember visiting slums of Dharavi and Sion in the wee hours to meet people I worked with”.