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Shan Masood hopes training in quarantine results in performances once cricket resumes
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Shan Masood hopes training in quarantine results in performances once cricket resumes

Shan Masood stated he and his teammates were engaged in training sessions at home as they spend their time away from the game due to the coronavirus pandemic-enforced lockdown.

The disease, that has claimed the lives of over 275,000 people globally, continues to wreak havoc on the sporting calendar with cricket also suffering from its effects.

Although the grim scenario fails to relent, players are keeping themselves busy by focusing on their physical fitness in the absence of professional training facilities.

Masood, who has developed into a Test specialist for Pakistan, hoped the hard yards put in by the players during this time reaps rewards for them once the health crisis subsides and cricket resumes.

"Everyone's been training, everyone's been being good, and also that we have to take into account that this is the month of Ramadan and it's harder to train," he told AFP.

"Hopefully that whenever this thing ends... all this hard work that we're putting in right now, even with uncertainty around, it [will] be translated into cricketing performances."

Exploring the options of different exercises, Masood admitted to sometimes using staircases and armchairs as gym equipment.

The left-handed opener struck a glorious century in his last outing in international cricket against Bangladesh, solidifying his credentials as a mainstay in Pakistan's Test lineup.

He then led Multan Sultans to the top of the Pakistan Super League points table before the tournament was postponed due to the pandemic.

Missing the thrill of competing out in the middle, Masood shared an interesting anecdote regarding the activity of 'Zoom cricket'.

Masood talked about how he and his teammates often grab their cricket gear and pretend to play a match while interacting via Zoom, a video chat service.

"A couple of us guys were talking on Zoom and it was pretty late at night and somebody just picked up a ball," he said.

"He had a ball [in] his hand and eventually all of us got kitted up and we played... a made-up cricket match."

"So that was quite a funny moment where I kind of had my helmet on. Hassan Ali was seaming into the ball, Imam ul Haq was fielding, Wahab Riaz was the captain," he added.

"We just made it into a funny little incident."

Pakistan is scheduled to tour England for a three-match Test and T20I series starting July 30, though uncertainty hangs over the fate of the series.