Former Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has supported Shoaib Akhtar’s proposal to have a one-day series between India and Pakistan to raise funds in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic.
The former captain said that he was disappointed with Kapil Dev’s reaction in this matter. Afridi said he was surprised at the comments of former Indian all-rounder Kapil Dev and former Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Rajiv Shukla, who rejected Akhtar’s suggestion.
Afridi said, “The whole world is fighting against the coronavirus. We need unity in our region to defeat this enemy. In such a situation, such negative comments will not help. I don’t see anything wrong in Shoaib Akhtar’s suggestion of a cricket match between India and Pakistan. Kapil Dev’s response surprised me. I expected a better response from them. I believe that this kind of talk should not be done in times of crisis. ”
Afridi said that the kind of ‘negative comments’ made about Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh after supporting his charity are also a surprise to him. Akhtar recently proposed to start a 3-match ODI series between India and Pakistan.
He suggested that the proceeds from this series be used to deal with coronaviruses. He had demanded the government of India to provide 10,000 ventilators to deal with health concerns arising out of coronavirus.
Replying to Akhtar, former Indian captain Kapil Dev had said that the match between the two countries cannot be held for the moment. India is not short of money.
Kapil Dev said, “India does not need money. We cannot risk the lives of people for a cricket match. At this time it is necessary that we meet with our administration to fight the crisis of coronavirus. Playing a cricket series is not free from danger. How much money will you earn by playing three matches? I believe that we should forget all the games for the next 6 months.”