Pakistani bowler Naseem Shah has claimed that Pakistani cricketers do not even have 30 per cent of the facilities available to club cricketers in England. The pacer was representing Gloucestershire in Vitality T20 Blast and was replaced by Mohammad Amir due to an injury.
He has stated that although arrangements in the big cities like Lahore and Karachi are good but there is no cricket ground in the areas where he came from. Naseem feels Pakistan can produce more cricketers if it has some of the facilities provided to club cricketers in England.
Naseem clarifies that he knows his place but terms the English guys so lucky to avail all the facilities provided to them. He says there is a huge difference in cricketers playing at the two ends but at a similar level.
“I think we don’t even have 30 per cent of the facilities that are available to club cricketers here in England. I know where I’ve come from, I started playing cricket with a tape ball, and when I see the cricketers playing here, it’s completely different. Here, when I play a club match and I see the ground and facilities, I think, ‘Wow, these guys are so lucky. They have so many facilities’.”
Furthermore, the star fast bowler has talked to the source that most of the Pakistani cricketers come from the areas where they do not practice with a hard ball, but with the tape ball amidst the lack of facilities.
“When we look at our cricket, most players come from places where it’s difficult to avail facilities. But from where I belonged, there was no cricket ground. You couldn’t play cricket with a hard ball.
Naseem, the youngest player to take a Test hat-trick, broke the record of Abdul Razzaq who took a three-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in 2000 when he was only 20. While Naseem did so when he was only 16. He is also the second-youngest player to pick up a five-wicket haul in Tests after Nasim-ul-Ghani. As far as his international career is concerned, he has played 11 matches and has 26 wickets to his name.
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