RTL Today – England cricketers would tour Pakistan, says frustrated Mushtaq Ahmed

Former spinner Mushtaq Ahmed believes that England’s cricketers would fortunately tour Pakistan and says his nation deserved higher having travelled the opposite method on the top of the pandemic.

Ahmed, who has a foot in each camps after serving as England’s spin-bowling coach in 2009-2015, voiced his frustration to AFP after English cricket chiefs controversially cancelled excursions for his or her males’s and girls’s groups subsequent month to cricket-crazy Pakistan.

The primary journey by the England males’s facet to Pakistan since 2005 was solely meant to final 4 days with two Twenty20 matches in Rawalpindi.

However the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) final week cited “increasing concerns about travelling to the region”, days after New Zealand deserted their tour of Pakistan minutes earlier than the beginning of the primary one-day worldwide in Rawalpindi, citing a safety alert.

The ECB determination was met with fury in Pakistan which solely went up a notch after the Day by day Mail newspaper reported that the England gamers weren’t consulted.

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“I think from my experience, playing in England and also coach of England for six years, I think the guys are very open-minded and they know the circumstances of the world,” Ahmed, 51, stated of the English gamers.

“I know them — I played with lots of cricketers, I coached them for six years, I played (English) county cricket,” he added.

“I think (the) players will definitely come now,” he stated, declaring that quite a lot of England gamers had featured within the Pakistan Tremendous League in latest seasons.

Ahmed stated that Pakistan deserved higher after they toured England final 12 months.

Pakistan travelled a time when Covid-19 an infection charges in Britain have been among the many highest on the earth for a three-match Take a look at and T20 sequence that saved the ECB thousands and thousands in tv rights offers.

“If (a) team can travel in corona (virus) situation when the people were dying (in Britain) and Pakistan went to England and played a series, then they should have acknowledged that and they should respect that,” stated Ahmed.

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– Turning into a hero –

Ahmed, who performed 52 Checks, 144 one-day internationals and was a member of Pakistan’s 1992 World Cup-winning group, stated that different cricket excursions and tournaments had gone forward in international locations the place there had been terror assaults.

Nevertheless, a lethal 2009 assault on the Sri Lanka group bus in Lahore noticed Pakistan turn out to be a no-go vacation spot for worldwide groups.

In 2012 and 2015 Pakistan hosted England within the UAE, which has staged most of their “home” video games for the reason that assault.

Ahmed stated having to play away from Pakistan was “very difficult” for the group.

“I am saying that because heroes become heroes when they play in front of their home crowds and that is when you start believing that you can represent your country — you deserve that platform,” he stated.

“When you play in Pakistan I remember that I used to feel different body language in me and used to have a different mindset,” he added.

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“I used to think that when you take a wicket, take a brilliant catch, the kind of reception from Pakistan people (is amazing).

“Whenever you hit a six, the best way the crowds used to shout, you turn out to be a hero.”