The ongoing Coronavirus pandemic has brought some very unexpected countries coming together as allies to bring an end to it. It is precisely the need of the hour as almost all the nations, including superpowers, who face an uphill task in curbing the damage. Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar recently requested for India’s help with ventilators to assist their health infrastructure.
The disease first emerged in the Wuhan city of China in late 2019 with countries like US, Germany, Italy, Spain being significantly affected. While India and Pakistan haven’t reached that level yet, their trajectory seems on the rise. According to John Hopkins University, Pakistan has 4263 cases while India’s number is nearing the 6000-mark. In the wake of the growing threat, the former speedster urged both the countries to co-operate with each other to minimise the suffering.
In an interview with PTI, the Rawalpindi Express appealed for India’s assistance, requesting them to supply with 10000 ventilators in saving the lives of the infected. He further claimed that Pakistan would remember this noble gesture made by India forever. One of the most endearing aspects of this crisis is most of the nations stepping up to assist the needy with food, medical supplies, and monetary contributions.
Shoaib Akhtar calls for India and Pakistan to play in a three-match ODI series:
Shoaib Akhtar further made recommendations for the two cricketing teams to get engaged in a three-game ODI series to raise funds for COVID-19. The 44-year old suggested that the matches could be contested at a neutral venue like Dubai and the players can be flown out of the city in chartered planes. Meanwhile, Akhtar did not agree with the criticisms dished out on the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh.
The iconic duo helped Akhtar former teammate Shahid Afridi’s foundation in Pakistan in a battle to contain the disease. The aid didn’t go well with the Indian fans, who labelled the act as ‘inhumane’. Afridi’s controversial comments with regards to Kashmir gave rise to the Indian fans lashing out. The Rawalpindi Express believed that the people who are heartless as humanity is the need of the hour and political differences must be put aside for the time being. Later, Yuvraj clarified the same via Twitter that helping people is realistically the need of the hour and he would always “bleed blue”.
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) April 1, 2020