Harbhajan Singh, the former Indian Cricketer, also revealed his opinion in which he has said that there are many other ways to raise COVID-19 funds for charity and not only an Indo-Pak bilateral series is an option to go with.
Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistani bowler recently presented an idea to hold a bilateral Indo-Pak series to raise COVID-19 funds. Akhtar on his demand at this stage of pandemic received the utmost criticism from the neighboring country as the majority of the permanent sports figures neglected his idea and make fun of him criticizing him over social media.
“See cricket is the last thing on my mind at the moment. I am not even thinking about it. There are other ways to raise funds. It is not necessary to hold a cricket match. I don’t think anyone should think about sports and cricket at this hour. These are small things. Lives are at stake…understand that,” he was quoted as saying by Times Now.
Earlier, he received the height of criticism from several Indian players, however, many Pakistanis such as Afridi backed Akhtar and said that series shall take place; not to raise COVI-19 funds but to establish friendly relations among both nations i.e, India and Pakistan.
India and Pakistan have always been two rivalry nations since their birth. The fire of hatred has now been involved in the spirit of cricket where the fans see each other as their enemies and everyone wants more fight via cricket. To promote nationalism and the sense of affection, many Pakistani have promoted the idea of Shoaib that has been highly criticized and slammed by Indians.
It is to be noted that the two nations, India and Pakistan have not faced each other in bilateral series since 2012-2013 when Pakistan beat India. Since then, the arch-rivals have faced each other only in the events organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC).