‘Want to play as many franchise leagues including PSL’ says Woakes while chatting with Shan


Southampton: England’s all-rounder Chris Woakes has expressed his desire of playing Pakistan Super League (PSL), while chatting to opening batsman Shan Masood in a friendly chat after the third Test at the Rose Bowl.

“I would love to (take part in the PSL), I really would, I want to play in as many franchise cricket leagues because it improves you as a player, playing in different conditions in front of different crowds and under different coaches,” the 31-year-old said.

“I would love to play there hopefully sometime in the future but it is tricky with the amount of cricket we played these days,” he added.

Woakes revealed that he heard about Pakistan from one of his teammates who played in PSL and thinks that world cricket would be in better place if teams start to play in Pakistan frequently.

“First and foremost, it is really good to see cricket happening in Pakistan.The world cricket is in a better place if Pakistan is hosting its international cricket as other countries do. I have heard great things about Pakistan from the guy who went there and played in PSL. Those guys were full of praise about how things were there. I hope Test tours take place more frequently in the country,” he maintained.

Woakes was man of the match for his batting display in first Test at Old Trafford. He told Shan that the series was competitive however, the prsence of the fans would have made it more special.

“This series was also hugely competitive and we England had to work extra hard to overcome the challenge. Pakistan had a 10-year unbeaten record and we saw in the series how competitive it was,” he added.

“Pakistan have always had great support in England. I am sure the crowd would have enjoyed the Old Trafford Test as the match deserved a crowd. It would have been great to have banter between fans and to have live noise,” he maintained.

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