India doesn’t need to raise money: Kapil Dev responds to Shoaib Akhtar
Former Indian captain Kapil Dev launched a scathing attack on Shoaib Akhtar’s proposal of a three-match ODI series between India and Pakistan to increase funds for the COVID-19 pandemic.
The legendary Kapil Dev slammed the Rawalpindi Express by saying that India doesn’t need to raise money while also adding that it is not worth risking lives just for a cricket match.
Speaking to news agency PTI, Shoaib Akhtar on Wednesday chipped in with an idea of staging a closed-door series to jointly raise funds so as to fight the coronavirus pandemic both in India and Pakistan. However, Kapil Dev added that the proposal is not feasible.
“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 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 news agency PTI.
“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,” said the World Cup-winning former captain.
Kapil Dev also added that cricket should not come into play for at least the next 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 said.
Kapil Dev also highlighted that the only focus should only be on saving lives and taking care of the poor who are fighting to make ends meet in this crisis.
“Cricket will resume when things get normal. The game can’t be bigger than the country. The pressing issue is to look after the poor, the hospital workers, the police and all other people who are on the frontline of this war,” concluded Kapil Dev.