Manchester: Pakistan’s opener Shan Masood reveals that it was not easy to play during rain disruptions and is now hoping for good weather on Day two of the first Test against England.
The 30-year-old Masood scored an unbeaten 46 on the rain-hit day and was involved in a steady partnership with Babar Azam (69) before play was stopped due to bad light.
“As a team, being in that stop-start position is challenging because you have to switch on, switch off, and again switch on. These are the challenges of Test cricket, especially in England where we all know about the weather,” he said to the reporters after Day’s play.
“We were happy to go through that difficult period and hoping that on Day 2 if the weather is fine, we make the start count,” he added.
Masood praised Babar saying that it’s a proud thing that we have a batsman like him in our side. “I have always enjoyed batting with him and there is no doubt that we have a batsman in our team who ranks among the top batsmen in the world, in all three formats,” he maintained.
Masood considers himself and his teammates very lucky for being able to play Test cricket during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We consider ourselves very fortunate that even during this time of the pandemic, we actually got to play the game we all love, there is no betting felling to play for your country. We have been training for the last one month but playing international is difficult. There was a slight amount of rustiness among the players because we have not played for the last three months,” he added.