Pakistan stars keen to follow MCL matches


ISLAMABAD: Some of the top Pakistan cricketers have expressed their eagerness to watch the Masters Champions League (MCL), which gets ready to take off later this month.

Rooting for the event, Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez said, “it is going to an experience for me to watch all the legends that I missed watching in my career,” Khaleej Times reported.

“To watch players like Virender Sehwag and Brian Lara will be a special feeling not only for me but also for the fans. I am a big fan of Lara and so I will surely watch him and it will be a nice experience,” added Hafeez.

Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmad feels that MCL, which brings back some of the retired legends into action, are giving the fans who haven’t watched them live an opportunity to see them play.

He also said that it will give a new twist to India-Pakistan rivalry.

“We have only watched India and Pakistan cricketers playing against each other but in this tournament, we will see India and Pakistan players playing together for one team. I made my debut against India and so I know that despite all the rivalry, we all are friends off the field and we get along very well.

This is another opportunity for India and Pakistan players to be together,” he added.

Pakistan’s top middle order batsman Umar Akmal too feels that MCL will give an opportunity for youngsters who missed watching the legends.

“Many fans haven’t got to see these top players in action. Moreover, it’s a happy feeling to know that we can still play cricket after we retire. Usually the life span of a cricketer is 10 to 15 years and this tournament will help us extended our career,” he said.

Paceman Wahab Riaz candidly admitted that MCL will now provide a secure future for retired cricketers. “This tournament will be an opportunity for retired players as it is securing a future for them. So it is a good platform for all players. I have learnt a lot from Wasim Akram and there is a lot to learn from retired players.

Personally, I never got a chance to bowl to Lara, whom I adore a lot. This kind of a tournament will give an opportunity to bowl to such players whom one had missed out.”