Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar, who had proposed India-Pakistan charity matches to raise funds, on Monday said that there will be no Indian Premier League this year and felt the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia may get postponed. Also Read - Government's 'Unlock' Plan Kicks in; CCEA Meeting at PM Modi's Residence Today | LIVE Updates
Akhtar said this while replying to a fan during a Live session on HELO app. He also felt it was a good time for cricketers to work on their immune system and return with high intensity when cricket resumes. Also Read - Unlock I: Delhi-Gurgaon Border Opens For Commuters; Movement For Noida, Ghaziabad Still Sealed
“T20 World Cup, starting October 18 is likely to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I also feel that there will be no IPL this year due to the pandemic. But this break is the best time for the cricketers to work on their immune system and get back with the same intensity and vigour when the sporting action resumes,” Akhtar said. Also Read - Unlock 1 Begins Today: Will Salons, Parlours Open? What About Shopping Malls? -- Your Answers Here
Lauding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s lockdown decision, the former pacer also felt it was a good time to improve bilateral ties between the two countries.
“It is high time when we can have a good bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan through sport. Lockdown was the best decision taken by the Modi-led government in India. That is the only way you can contain a pandemic like this,” he stated.
Earlier, Akhtar’s proposal of resumption of India-Pakistan matches to raise funds to fight the pandemic did not find support from former India cricketers.