Pakistan cricketer Shan Masood, who is in England playing for his team in Test series, has opined that the touring of England cricketers would help the game flourish in his homeland Pakistan has been seen as a danger zone since the terror attack on the Sri Lanka team bus back in 2009. However, they were successful in bringing cricket back to their country after hosting the Lankans last year under tight security grid.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) also first time hosted the Pakistan Super League (PSL), the T20 league, at the home last year before that UAE was their home ground.
Shan Masood, the Test specialist, opines that the citizens were drifted away from the game because they hadn’t witnessed any competitive match for an extended period. Therefore, the coming back of cricket in Pakistan was an emotional moment for them.
“I think cricket coming back to Pakistan was very meaningful for us. It makes us all very emotional, very passionate, because kids didn’t get to see their heroes, so people drifted away from the game,” Shan Masood remarked.
England tour would help Pakistan cricket: Shan Masood
As Masood is hopeful for England’s tour of Pakistan later, he said that England star performer Ben Stokes, Joe Root and others would help Pakistan cricket.
“What would make it better would be that we get cricketing heroes like Ben Stokes, like Joe Root, like Jos Buttler, all of them even guys like Stuart Broad and James Anderson coming to Pakistan and just helping Pakistan cricket out,” he added.
Shan Masood expressed that they had paid the huge price of what had happened. But he believes that the youngsters from the nation deserve an opportunity to watch their cricketing heroes play.
“We’ve suffered a lot, we paid a huge price for whatever’s been going on around the world and I think our people, but especially our children, our future generation, they deserve to see not just their Pakistani heroes but the cricketing heroes from around the globe,” the southpaw mentioned in his interview.
Meanwhile, Pakistan and England are playing third and last Test match of the series. England is already leading in the series with after winning the first Test and second Test match ending in a draw. Interestingly, Pakistan has never lost a series against Pakistan for over a decade but this time it is doubtful that they would retain this record.