After the IPL 2021 is suspended, former Pakistan fast bowler, Shoaib Akhtar reminds everyone of his appeal, which he made to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to halt the IPL that continued side by side India’s battle with the second wave of covid-19.
Now, as the IPL remains postponed after 29 of the 60 matches played, Shoaib Akhtar, on his YouTube channel talks about the concerning situation in India, which is recording over 400,000 cases for the last week per day and the death number keep on increasing as patients struggle to obtain beds in hospitals, and oxygen supplies.
“IPL canceled. I saw it coming & suggested that two weeks ago. Nothing more important than saving human lives during current covid crisis in India,” Shoaib Akhtar captioned his post.
IPL canceled. I saw it coming & suggested that two weeks ago. Nothing more important than saving human lives during current covid crisis in India.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 4, 2021
We don’t want such a cricket; People’s lives are more important right now: Shoaib Akhtar
The video which the speedster is referring to dates back to about less than a couple of weeks, where he pleaded not just the BCCI, but also the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to not continue with their plans for the PSL 2021 in Karachi.
The PSL 2021, which was also postponed in early March mid-season due to multiple covid cases amongst players and staff, is set to resume on June 1st, with all the matches in Karachi.
However, learning from the IPL’s fall-out, the PSL franchises have asked the board to shift the tournament to the UAE, where the IPL 2020 was successfully hosted, as Pakistan, too, is facing a worrying situation regarding the covid-19.
“If we are dealing with such a pandemic, then we shouldn’t have PSL’s resumption in June. This is not the right time for IPL 2021. Please give IPL’s money to the people in need, to buy oxygen tanks and save lives,” Shoaib Akhtar said in an earlier video uploaded on his YouTube channel.
“We don’t want such a cricket, such heroes, at this time. We don’t want entertainment, we don’t want PSL or IPL. We want that lives are saved in India and Pakistan. I’m saying all this with a lot of pain and disappointment. People’s lives are more important right now. If you want our show to be cancelled, so be it too,” the 45-year-old further appealed.