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'Our kids deserve to see international stars play in Pakistan' - Shan Masood
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'Our kids deserve to see international stars play in Pakistan' - Shan Masood

Pakistan opening batsman Shan Masood believes it is time for fans back home to experience international cricket at full tilt in stadiums across the country.

Pakistan recently welcomed Test cricket back on its shores when they hosted Sri Lanka for a two-match series in December.

The two contests were marked by a rousing reception for the local players as a sea of supporters chanted the names of the young stars, giving them a world of confidence as they outshone their opponents.

"I think cricket coming back to Pakistan was very meaningful for us. It makes us all very emotional, very passionate, because kids didn't get to see their heroes, so people drifted away from the game," Shan said in a chat with BBC Sport.

"Now when you go to the stadium you hear chants of "Babar", "Shaheen" and "Abid". When Abid Ali made his debut and scored back-to-back centuries the way the crowd chanted "Abid! Abid!", those are the things you live to see."

With Pakistan currently engaged in an international assignment against England, Shan felt it would be ideal if the likes of Ben Stokes, Joe Root, Stuart Broad and James Anderson would be willing to make a trip to the South Asian nation.

England last toured Pakistan in 2005 and are scheduled to visit the country in 2022 though the PCB plans to host them for a short series before that time.

"What would make it better would be that we get cricketing heroes like Ben Stokes, like Joe Root, like Jos Buttler, all of them even guys like Stuart Broad and James Anderson coming to Pakistan and just helping Pakistan cricket out," Shan explained.

"We've suffered a lot, we paid a huge price for whatever's been going on around the world and I think our people, but especially our children, our future generation, they deserve to see not just their Pakistani heroes but the cricketing heroes from [around] the globe."

Earlier this year, four venues in Pakistan hosted the unfinished Pakistan Super League where several England players also took part including Chris Jordan, Tom Banton, Alex Hales and Jason Roy.