Southampton: Pakistan opener Shan Masood thinks that for the country’s young generation, it is crucial that international stars like Ben Stokes and Joe Root should consider touring Pakistan.
Pakistan played Test cricket after 10 years at their homeland with Sri Lanka tour in December 2009, Masood labeled that experience as emotional for the cricket in Pakistan.
“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,” he said while talking to BBC Sport
“Now when you go to the stadium you hear chants of “Babar”, “Shaheen” and “Abid”. When Abid Ali made his debut and scored back-to-back centuries the way the crowd chanted “Abid! Abid!”, those are the things you live to see,” he added.
He further added that Pakistani youth deserves to watch cricket stars in Pakistan. “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.”
England last toured Pakistan in 2005, the 30-year-old believes England coming to Pakistan will provide a massive boost.
“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 maintained.