Kapil Dev responds to Shoaib Akhtar: India does not need money
NEW DELHI: the legendary Kapil Dev on Thursday it crashed Shoaib Akhtar The idea of a three-match ODI series made on television between India and Pakistan to raise funds for the COVID-19 pandemic, saying India does not need the money and it is not worth risking lives for a Cricket match.
Speaking to PTI, Akhtar on Wednesday proposed a closed-door series to jointly raise funds to combat the deadly virus in both India and Pakistan. Dev said the proposal is not feasible.
You are entitled to your opinion, but we do not need to raise the money. We have enough. For us, the important thing right now is how our authorities work together to deal with this crisis. I'm still watching a lot of blame on politicians on television and that has to stop, Dev told PTI.
Still, the BCCI has donated a considerable amount (Rs 51 crore) to the cause and is in a position to donate much more if the need arises. You do not need to raise funds.
"The situation is unlikely to get normal anytime soon and organising a Cricket game means putting our Cricket ers at risk which we don't need to," said the World Cup-winning former captain.
Dev said Cricket should not even matter 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.
Dev said the focus, right now, should only be on saving lives and caring for the poor who are struggling to make ends meet in a lockdown situation.
Cricket will resume when things get normal. The game cannot be bigger than the country. The pressing problem is caring for the poor, the hospital workers, the police, and all the other people who are on the front lines of this war. said the 61-year-old.
As an Indian, Dev is proud that his country can help other nations, including the United States.
President Donald trump has thanked the prime minister Narendra Modi for helping the United States with the supply of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug being touted as a potential cure for COVID-19 patients.
Helping others is in our culture and I am proud of that. We should not seek credit after helping others. We must strive to become a nation that gives more and more instead of taking from others, he said.
Like everyone else, Dev is at home and practices social distancing.
When asked how he sees the current situation, he said: Nelson Mandela remained in a small cell for 27 years. Compared to that, we are in a privileged position (that we only have to stay home for some time).
There is nothing greater than life right now and that is what we need to save.