Responsibility of religious shrines to provide financial help to country amid Covid-19: Kapil Dev

Responsibility of religious shrines to provide financial help to country amid Covid-19: Kapil Dev

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, former India skipper Kapil Dev said rather than worrying about the resumption of cricket, he is more concerned about the students who are forced to miss schools and colleges due to the ongoing crisis.

The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc globally and has forced virtual lockdown across the world. India has also enforced a complete lockdown to stop the resurgence of the Covid-19 cases. The lockdown that was initially declared until April 14 has now been extended until at least May 3.

Sporting events across the globe have also been either suspended or canceled in the wake of the virus. Amid the crisis, the highly popular Indian Premier League has also been put on hold for an indefinite period.

Talking about the suspension of sports, Kapil Dev said, "I am looking at the larger picture. Do you think cricket is the only issue we can talk about? I am rather worried about the children who are not being able to go to schools and colleges because that is our young generation. So, I want schools to reopen first. Cricket, football will happen eventually."

Talking to Sports Tak exclusively, India's 1983 World Cup hero once again rejected Shoaib Akhtar on Saturday idea of a three-match ODI series between India and Pakistan to raise funds for the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kapil Dev said there were many other ways to raise money to deal with the coronavirus pandemic that organizing a cricket match between the two countries.

"You could be emotional and say that yes, India and Pakistan should play matches. Playing matches is not a priority at the moment. If you need the money that you should stop the activities at the border. If we really need money than we have so many religious organizations, they should come forward. It is their responsibility. We offer so much many when we visit the religious shrines, so they should help the government."