India, Pakistan and sports, if all these the things meet at a place everyone knows how grand the occasion is, irrespective of sports, formats and timing. Moreover, if it’s a game of Cricket then there is no other rivalry bigger than India-Pakistan clash.
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.
At a time when the World is facing possibly the biggest crisis since the second World War in 1940’s, former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has proposed a three-match ODI series between the arch-rivals to raise funds amid the pandemic.
“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 Akhtar as quoted by IndiaToday.
The speedster also suggested that the COVID-19 situation will also help bring back the harmony between the two nations. “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 said.
“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 Shoaib 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,” added the former Paksitan speedster.