Former Indian cricket captain Kapil Dev recently said that he feels that reopening of educational institutions is more important than the resumption of sports.
In an interview with a YouTube channel Sports Tak, Dev said that sports can wait but the resumption of educational activities is more important for the younger generation for the time being.
“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,” said Dev.
“So, I want schools to reopen first. Cricket, football will happen eventually,” he added.
He also said that he does not support the idea of a bilateral series between India and Pakistan to raise funds to deal with the pandemic as suggested by former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar.
Dev also said that there are several ways of raising money other than playing cricket.
“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, then you should stop the activities at the border,” he said.
“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 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,” said Dev.