Former Indian Captain and World Cup hero, Kapil Dev, in an interview with PTI, has slammed the idea of organising a bilateral three match ODI series between Indian and Pakistan to jointly raise funds for the COVID-19 Pandemic. Recently, Pakistan Bowler Shoaib Akhtar has proposed the idea of organising a mini ODI series between arch-rivals at a neutral venue such as Dubai.
The idea from the speedster soon raised quite a few eyebrows as both the countries are not in good relation with each other for a long time. Due to the increased political tension between the two nations, we don’t often see any bilateral series being played between them. India and Pakistan haven’t played a full-series since 2007. These teams either meet at World Cups or at multi-nation tournaments.
Kapil Dev also stated that India does not need risk people’s lives for raising money. “He is entitled to his opinion but we don’t need to raise the money. We have enough. For us, what is important right now is that how our authorities work together to deal with this crisis. I am still seeing a lot of blame game on television from the politicians and that needs to stop,” Kapil Dev told PTI.
While giving the example of hefty donation given by BCCI to PMCARES fund, Kapil Dev said “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.
“The situation is unlikely to get normal anytime soon and organising a cricket game means putting our cricketers at risk which we don’t need to. 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.”
In the wake of Corona Virus, the Sports Industries the World Over have completely shut down all the sports events. Even the Olympics 2020 have been postponed till 2021.