Srinagar, April 25: After facing criticism from Shahid Afridi for turning down Shoaib Akhtar’s offer of playing Ind-Pak series to raise funds in fight against Coronavirus, Kapil Dev Saturday stood his ground.
The former Indian captain said playing matches is not the priority at this period of time and border activities needs to be stopped if money is to be preserved.
“You could be emotional and say that yes, India and Pakistan should play matches. Playing matches is not a priority at the moment.” He told Sports Tak.
“If you need the money then you should stop the activities at the border. The money which will be spent can be used to build hospitals and schools. If we really need money than we have so many religious organisations, they should come forward. It is their responsibility. We offer so much money when we visit the religious shrines, so they should help the government,” he added.
Earlier, Shoaib Akhtar had proposed the Ind-Pak series while Shahid Afridi backed the idea. However, several former Indian cricketers dismissed the offer, saying it is not at the moment.