Sangakkara hopes foreign teams would consider touring Pakistan now


Lahore: The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) president and former Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara is hoping that he would love if more international teams consider touring Pakistan so international cricket in the country can be resumed on regular basis.

Sangakkara while speaking at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) podcast appreciated the amount of respect, fans gave and the passion they possess has been very fabulous.

“We would love for teams to consider coming here so that international cricket can finally come back to Pakistan in full force,” he said.

“The message we will be taking back is about the warmth of the people, the welcome of the fabulous spectators who came to watch cricket, the passion the players and people have for it and our own experiences of playing here and traveling about in Lahore,” he added.

The former left-handed batsman was satisfied that Pakistan will produce good players in the future and on this tour, he saw a glimpse of it too.

“I think Pakistan cricket is in a very healthy state, Pakistan has always produced exceptional cricketers, especially young cricketers with a lot of variety, fast bowlers, good batsmen, mystery spinners, wrist spinners, you name it. On this trip, it was no different,” he maintained.

He was happy that they were not restricted to the hotel only and were able to enjoy the vibes of the historic city.

“It’s important that, when you are in a country on a tour, you’re not confined to a hotel, but you can go around and enjoy the city and the country you’re in,” he said.

“It is excellent for us to get to the [Lahore] Gymkhana golf course quite a few times. The players absolutely loved it. We were hosted with some amazing hospitality and warmth,” he added.

The MCC squad arrived in Lahore for three T20 and one fifty-over match. They defeated Lahore Qalandars and Multan Sultans and lost to Pakistan Shaheens and Northern respectively.