The novel Coronavirus pandemic has created a global crisis that has seen itself spreading onto almost every country of the world. While the human population is facing lock down, doctors, nurses and healthcare staffs are working in front line to battle against the deadly virus outbreak. In times like these, Pakistani cricketing icon Shoaib Akhtar feels nations should push their difference aside and join hands in helping one another, and has even made a request to India to provide 10000 ventilators amidst the worrying times.
Shoaib Akhtar, who recently defended Indian cricketing stalwarts Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh for pledging to Shahid Afridi’s charitable foundation, has now made an appeal to his neighbouring country to provide aid for Pakistan’s medical infrastructure for the affected Coronavirus patients.
In a recent interview with PTI, Pkhtar said: “If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever.”
Tackling the virus outbreak requires a range of medical equipments, from face-masks to ventilators, the latter which can be effective to mend the breathing troubles COVID-19 patients face.
However, he also added that the decision rests upon the administration: “But we can only propose the matches. The rest is up to the authorities (to decide).”
The former Kolkata Knight Riders star, who received a lot of love from his fan base in India during his time as a commentator in the country, also revealed that he used to donate some of his earnings to the meagre earning staff in the broadcasting industry.
“Whatever I used to earn from India, I made a significant amount there, thirty percent of it, I used to distribute among the low income staff who used to work with me in the TV,” Akhtar added.
“It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity,” the former fast bowler added on the Yuvi-Bhajji issue, adding that criticising the Men in Blue duo for their donation towards Pakistan was ‘inhuman’.
The 44 year old also recently proposed a three match One Day International series between the two countries, to raise funds for the virus crisis.
There has already been 4,414 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Pakistan, and the death toll is at 63.