Former England skipper turned pundit Michael Atherton visited Pakistan through the Pakistan Super League and the previous opener believes that whereas it was certainly unhappy that cricket returned to the nation after a protracted hiatus as a consequence of safety points, the prove through the PSL was additionally a constructive signal because the nation gears as much as host extra worldwide cricket sooner or later.
“Well, you solely have to go searching: the crowds, enthusiasm and packed homes for each sport. Importantly, all these overseas gamers will now know that it’s secure right here and they’re going to be capable of take that message to the gamers from their very own nations.
“I used to be in a café on the Pearl Continental and there have been about eight to 9 English gamers like Moeen Ali, Ravi Bopara, Tom Banton, Lewis Gregory, Liam Dawson they usually had been all saying how a lot they’ve loved the competitors, the match’s commonplace has been great they usually really feel completely secure right here. So, this message will get handed again and that may encourage increasingly gamers and groups to return,” he informed the PCB’s media group throughout an interview.
Commenting on the Pakistan group which has over time produced greats, Atherton mentioned: “When I performed in opposition to them, they’d some great bowlers specifically. The final assault that I performed in opposition to on my tour right here of 2000, they’d Wasim and Waqar [Younis] then Mushtaq [Ahmed] and Saqlain [Mushtaq]. Now you’ve got 4 great match-profitable bowlers there.
“Pakistan, after all, have produced great batsmen, however I believe in current occasions, the energy and depth of their bowling and notably the type of wicket-taking bowlers – tempo bowlers and thriller spinners – have set them aside.
“I don’t know why Pakistan notably produces great bowlers. I think it has one thing to do with the relative lack of infrastructure. In order to provide tons and plenty of great batsmen, you’ve received to have services and infrastructure and coaches and a really formal system, however I believe bowlers can spring and emerge from wherever and that’s most likely why Pakistan produce so many.”
Asked about Pakistan’s upcoming tour of England in summer season, Atherton mentioned that he’s trying ahead to seeing the likes of Babar Azam shine in situations which received’t be simple.
“It must be terrific. It’s a giant summer season for England. It received’t be as huge because the final summer season as a result of that was the World Cup and the Ashes, that are at all times barely totally different. But, this 12 months, we’ve received Pakistan and West Indies coming. Pakistan have an excellent file in opposition to England lately in England.
“They’re at all times a worthwhile group to return they usually get good help from the crowds. The cricket must be good and extremely aggressive. We’re trying ahead to seeing Pakistan in England this summer season. Babar Azam seems to be a superb participant to me. He seems to be so skillful and the sport seems to be really easy to him at occasions. I’m very a lot trying ahead to watching him play.
“It is a problem for gamers once they come from the subcontinent to England. The final two, three years situations, in England, have been excessive really: the Duke’s ball and the floodlights and, you recognize, the best way the ball has moved round, so it’s going to be a problem for all Pakistan’s batsmen, however I believe they are going to be as much as it,” he smiled.