New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar recently said that India and Pakistan should help each other during these tough times amid due to coronavirus outbreak. He added that the pandemic can only be defeated when the two countries forget their differences and join hands for the noble cause.

Akhtar on Wednesday appealed India to supply 10,000 ventilators to help Pakistan who is struggling to fight the pandemic, adding that the gesture will be remembered forever.

"If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever,"he was quoted as saying by PTI.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Pakistan has 4,263 cases of COVID-19. 

During these times, Akhtar has urged the two countries to come together and forget their religious differences. He proposed a  three-match ODI series behind closed doors against arch-rivals India to raise funds for the fight against COVID-19 in both the countries.

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"I want India and Pakistan to play a series. I want it to happen without crowds, just broadcasting unit should be there and the matches should be televised, three ODIs or T20Is should be played. I cannot understand why this is a bad idea," Akhtar said in a video posted on his Youtube channel as quoted by ANI.

It is worth mentioning that the two teams have not played a full-series fledged bilateral series against each other since 2007. They have only played against each other in the Asia Cup and ICC tournaments.

The 44-year-old also condemned the backlash that Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh had to face for supporting Shahid Afridi's foundation. 

"I saw what happened with Yuvraj and Harbhajan as they advocated for Shahid Afridi Foundation. I just could not understand this. We as people need to come forward, Akhtar said.

In the Vlog, Akhtar fondly recalled his days in Mumbai during the 2016 World T20, the last time he came to India for work.

(with ANI inputs)

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