Just as we thought that we are winning the battle against Coronavirus, the deadly virus stormed back into our lives. The situation in countries like India and Pakistan is looking really gloomy at the moment. India especially is in deep trouble as its health infrastructure is about to collapse. The country is reporting as many as 3.50 lakh cases on a regular basis. Several states have reported a shortage of Oxygen as well. Despite the havoc the virus has created, BCCI has decided to go ahead with the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League.
Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar believes that the ongoing edition of the IPL and the upcoming season of the PSL should be postponed considering the concerning situation both countries are facing. The PSL, which was earlier postponed due to the Coronavirus is set to resume from June 1st.
While speaking on his official YouTube channel, Akhtar said that the money spent in IPL and PSL should be used to buy oxygen as saving lives is more important than playing cricket.
“India is facing a devastating situation. They need to stop the IPL if it can’t continue without strict SOPs in place but otherwise, considering that India is burning, it needs to be postponed. I’m not saying this because PSL was postponed. I also think PSL shouldn’t take place in June,” said Akhtar.
“IPL is not important and the money spent on it can be better used to buy oxygen tanks. That can save people from dying. We don’t need cricket, heroes and entertainment at the moment. We want to save lives in India and Pakistan. I’m using these strong words because human lives are at stake,” he added.
He also requested the Imran Khan led Pakistan government to impose a curfew in Pakistan as the people are not following the COVID-19 protocols will full sincerity.
“Pakistan is right on the edge, there is only 10 per cent oxygen capacity left. People are not following SOPs. I request the government to enforce curfew for the last 10-15 days [of Ramadan]. There is no need to go out for Eid shopping. People need to very careful and take care of themselves,” he concluded.
Pakistan recorded as many as 118 fatalities and 5,611 new cases of the Coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
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