The entire world is currently fighting against the massive coronavirus outbreak situation in its own ways. Most of the parts of the world are currently under a lockdown as it is currently being referred to as the only prevention in these stern circumstances. Just like the rest of the sports, the cricketing world has also come to a standstill. It is fact that the widespread of the novel coronavirus has taken a huge toll on human existence and individuals have been forced to stay in isolation to battle the pandemic.
Along with the world economy, the sports industry has also been hampered with major events and games getting cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus. Amidst these testing times, cricketers from both India and Pakistan have stepped forward to donate in order to aid in the battle against the pandemic.
Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has come with a great proposal to raise funds amid the pandemic. Akhtar has proposed a three-match ODI series between arch-rivals, India and Pakistan. However, it is also a pretty known fact that India and Pakistan haven’t played a bilateral series since 2012-13 due to the poor diplomatic relations between both the neighbouring nations. The exciting India-Pakistan rivalry is only reunited in the ICC events and Asia tournaments.
“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,” said Shoaib Akhtar as quoted by India Today.
“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 added.
The former Pakistani fast bowler noted that currently everyone in the world is staying at home due to the lockdown and this India-Pakistan will be a treat for the fans. Akhtar stated that the series can be organised at a neutral location in Dubai and also suggested that chartered flights could be arranged for the players.
“Everyone is sitting at home at the moment, so there will be a massive following for the games. Maybe not now, when things start improving, the games could be organised at a neutral location like Dubai. Chartered flights could be arranged and the matches could be held,” suggested Akhtar.
“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,” concluded the former Pakistan speedster.
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