India and Pakistan might not have friendly political relations; however, the respective country’s cricketers have immense respect for one another and sympathize during each other’s tough times. Pakistan captain Babar Azam has been amongst the cricketers leading the way in praying for India to recover from their ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Babar Azam took to his official Twitter handle in supporting their neighbours and called for the people to follow the guidelines.
The last few days has seen India turning to shreds by the COVID-19, which has wreaked havoc through its second wave. The sub-continent nation has registered more than 300000 cases every day for the many previous days. With India facing oxygen cylinders’ shortages, fatalities have also increased alarmingly. Keeping all this in mind, several state governments have imposed lockdowns to curb the spread.
Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar and its Prime Minister Imran Khan also expressed their solidarity with India. While the ongoing IPL 2021 has transpired smoothly thus far, a few players have left the tournament, fearing the threat of the disease. Amongst those to quit the competition are Andrew Tye, Liam Livingstone, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kane Richardson, and Adam Zampa. It is worth mentioning that Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders fast bowler, donated $50000 to the PM-Cares fund for purchasing oxygen cylinders.
As for Babar Azam, he stated that his prayers are with India during challenging times and that one must show solidarity by praying together. Babar Azam, who recently became the number one ODI batsman, requested the people abide by all the guidelines to remain safe and defeat the pandemic together.
Below is Babar Azam’s tweet:
Prayers with the people of India in these catastrophic times. It's time to show solidarity and pray together. I also request all the people out there to strictly follow SOPs, as it's for our safety only. Together we can do it. #StayStrong pic.twitter.com/YCLb13ITlO
— Babar Azam (@babarazam258) April 26, 2021