Kapil Dev shoots down Shoaib Akhtar's suggestion on Indo-Pak series
Former Indian captain Kapil Dev shot down Shoaib Akhtar's suggestion to have an India-Pakistan series to raise funds which can help in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The deadly virus has claimed more than 89,000 lives globally. India and Pakistan have active cases over 5,000 and 4,000 respectively. Here's what Dev said after Akhtar's suggestion.
Akhtar feels both teams could play a 3-match ODI series
Former Pakistani pacer Akhtar claimed that the two teams could play a three-match ODI series and the money raised could be shared equally. "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 said.
Why put our cricketers' life in danger? asks Dev
Dev hit back saying India doesn't need money and organizing such a series will put cricketers' lives in danger. "India does not need money today so such a series should not be held. And why put our cricketers' life in danger? So sit back and relax at home," Dev told ABP News.
'You are bound to get massive viewership for the games'
"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," he added.
No need for anyone to give such suggestions: Dev
Kapil also said there's no need for anyone to give such suggestions. "Why take the risk of endangering even one life? There's no need for anyone to give such suggestions. The authorities are trying their best to make people understand the importance of staying home. It's easy to say things but organizing such an event is extremely difficult," said Kapil.