Ahead of the MCC’s week-long tour of Pakistan, where he will lead their XI, Kumar Sangakkara wished that cricket would still be played within the country for generations to return .
The Sangakkara-led MCC team will play a round of matches as a part of the club’s vision of supporting cricket within the country, which is slowly trying to regain its footing as a crucial destination in world cricket following a decade-long exile within the aftermath of the 2009 attack on the team bus of the visiting Sri Lankans – a team that Sangakkara was a neighborhood of.
“Cricket belongs to everyone, except for the players to possess that platform and display their skills, you would like to possess that support,” Sangakkara said in Lahore. “The fact is that you simply got to have an underpinning of youth who are often inspired to require up the sport .
“So if there’s no home cricket for a really long period of your time , there’s a danger that sometime that sort of hunger might get away . The more cricket that you simply play here reception , the more times young children and therefore the fabulous fans of Pakistan can see their side, their players play ahead of them, within almost touching distance.”
Sangakkara is trying to require that initiative by playing cricket within the country himself, as against urging other players to try to to so from the surface . Reiterating the importance of Pakistan as a world cricket destination, the Sri Lankan legend said that the MCC, of which he’s the president, is doing its best to make sure the health of the game remains strong in Pakistan.
“Rather than an immediate message by saying something to them, the simplest thing that we will do is send that message by the way we play within the field,” Sangakkara said. “The more times international sides tour, that message becomes stronger and becomes harder to ignore.
“I think that’s wonderful for the sport , it’s wonderful for the country and it’s great for the worldwide game. we should always not lose sight of how important the strength of Pakistan is therein big picture of getting global cricket during a very, very healthy and powerful state.
“The MCC tour may be a a part of completing that puzzle, and that i think this is often an excellent step by everyone to mix and to be here to again attempt to encourage sides to return back and play cricket in Pakistan.”
MCC will play four T20 matches, starting on Friday, 14 February. Competing alongside the MCC are the Pakistan Shaheens, captained by Saud Shakeel, and therefore the Rohail Nazir-led Northern. ICC