Kapil Dev replies to Shoaib Akhtar: India doesn’t need money

NEW DELHI: The legendary Kapil Dev on Thursday slammed Shoaib Akhtar‘s thought of a made-for-tv three-match ODI series between India and Pakistan to raise funds for the COVID-19 pandemic, announcing “India doesn’t need the money” and it is no longer rate risking lives for a cricket match.

Talking to PTI, Akhtar on Wednesday proposed a closed-door series to jointly raise funds to fight the deadly virus every in India and Pakistan. Dev said the proposal is not any longer feasible.

“He’s entitled to his idea nevertheless we do now not want to raise the money. We enjoy sufficient. For us, what’s primary correct now is that how our authorities work collectively to tackle this crisis. I am silent seeing masses of blame game on tv from the politicians and that desires to hand over,” Dev suggested PTI.

“Anyway, the BCCI has donated a hefty quantity (Rs 51 crore) for the cause and is in a attach to donate way more if the need arises. It doesn’t wish to raise funds.

“The problem is not any longer going to salvage current anytime rapidly and organising a cricket game way putting our cricketers in possibility which we do now not want to,” said the World Cup-successful dilapidated captain.

Dev said cricket mustn’t ever even matter for no decrease than the following six months.

“It’s far proper no longer rate the chance. And how mighty money can you salvage from three games? In my gaze, that you just would maybe well even’t even think cricket for the following 5 to six months,” he said.

Dev said the purpose of passion, within the meanwhile, would possibly maybe well enjoy to superb be on saving lives and taking care of the wretched who are struggling to salvage ends meet in a lockdown bother.

“Cricket will resume when things salvage current. The sport can no longer be larger than the country. The pressing bother is to care for the wretched, the clinic staff, the police and all other folks that are on the frontline of this war,” said the 61-twelve months-extinct.

As an Indian, Dev feels proud that his country is in a attach support other international locations including the usa.

President Donald Trump has thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for serving to the usa with the provision of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug being touted as a doable cure for COVID-19 patients.

“Helping others is in our culture and I truly feel proud about that. We mustn’t ever see credit after serving to others. We can enjoy to try to turn out to be a nation which affords an increasing selection of in dispute of taking from others,” he said.

Esteem everybody else, Dev is at home and practising social distancing.

Requested how he views the present bother, he said: “Nelson Mandela stayed in a minute cell for 27 years. When compared with that, we are in a privileged attach (that we proper enjoy to hand over at home for sometime).”

“There would possibly be nothing larger than life within the meanwhile and that is the reason what we desire to set.”

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