United Nations: UN Secretary General Kofi Annan thanked rival cricket sides India and Pakistan for wearing AIDS ribbons on day one of their third and final Test match.
"As cricketers, you can win the hearts of your people," the UN chief said in a statement after the two sides wore red ribbons in their match in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.
"AIDS is a common enemy that both India and Pakistan have to fight together," he said.
Annan said that almost 4,000 people in South Asia will have become infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, by the time the third Test is completed.
"For every over you bowl today, 10 people will have been infected with the virus," Annan said. "As role models, you can encourage young people to protect themselves and urge your leaders to pay more attention to the epidemic."
The decisive third Test will break the 1-1 deadlock in the series, their first on Pakistan soil since 1989.