Karachi: Former Pakistan off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq has responded to former Indian captain Kapil Dev’s remarks on a series between India and Pakistan to raise funds for the COVID-19 pandemic.
Akhtar, who suggested a closed-door series to jointly raise funds to fight the deadly virus both in India and Pakistan. However, Kapil reacted and said that it is not feasible as India have a lot of money to combat the virus.
“What do you call sportspersons? You call them heroes and what is their job? Their job is to do good deeds. Winning and losing is part of the game. Cricket is not war. That is why I feel cricket should be played between the two countries,” Saqlain said while talking to an Indian news agency.
“To say that Pakistan cricket will suffer because of not playing India is the not right way to look at this. The bigger picture is that the game should be promoted on both sides. And if we do play, there is a possibility of relations improving,” he added.
The 43-year-old recalled the experience he felt during All-Stars matches in Australia and termed Indo-Pak series bigger than the Ashes
“Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne had organized All-Stars matches in America (in 2015). You won’t believe I saw a flag with colors of both India and Pakistan flags. An Indian and Pakistani were holding that together,” he maintained.
“It brought the two nations closer. I would request the ICC to look into this. Financially also, it is a win-win for both BCCI and PCB. The series is much bigger than the Ashes,” Saqlain signed off,” he concluded.