Kapil Dev rejects Akhter’s idea of series behind-closed-doors. With increasing COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, poor and underprivileged people are struggling to meet out their daily needs. Shoaib Akhtar proposed a three-match ODI series between arch-rivals India and Pakistan to raise funds in the fight against the pandemic.
Kapil slammed a reply to response Shoaib Akhter’s suggestion to raise funds for the COVID-19, saying, “India doesn’t need the money, and it is not worth risking lives for a cricket match.”
Akhter proposed a series between arch-rivals to raise funds for the global pandemic behind closed doors.
Kapil Dev said it is not possible to risk lives.
“He is entitled to his opinion, but we don’t need to raise the money. We have enough. The situation is unlikely to get normal anytime soon, and organizing a cricket game means putting our cricketers at risk, which we don’t need to,” Kapil Dev said as quoted by Business Standard.
The World Cup winner also said that how much money can be made in three-games. According to him, it is not an idea to think about any cricket for the upcoming five or six months,
“It is just not worth the risk. And how much money can you make from three games? In my view, you can’t even think of cricket for the next five to six months,” Kapil Dev further added.
“Anyway, the BCCI has donated a hefty amount (Rs 51 crore) for the cause and is in a position to donate much more if the need arises. It doesn’t need to raise funds.”
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Kapil said cricket would not resume at least five-six months.
“It is just not worth the risk. And how much money can you make from three games? In my view, you can’t even think of cricket for the next five to six months,” he added.
He feels proud as his country is an instance, helps other affected countries, including the United States of America.
He rejected the idea of Akhter’s proposed series.
“There is nothing bigger than life at the moment, and that is what we need to save.”