PAK vs ENG: Confident Shan Masood gives credit to Mickey Arthur

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‘I am feasible to play at any number and perform for my team,’ says Shan Masood

KARACHI: In-form Shan Masood was full of praise for his Derbyshire’s coach Mickey Arthur. 

Arthur is not an unknown name in Pakistan as he coached Pakistan team to Champions Trophy triumph in 2017. The country’s cricket fans highly celebrate Pakistan’s success in Arthur’s regime. 

Masood got a chance to play under the coaching of Arthur in County Cricket where he got his presence felt as a T20I batter. 

In a media interaction here on Saturday, Masood thanked Arthur for helping him out. 

“Playing county cricket has given me a lot of exposure to be honest,” he told reporters. “I would like to thank Derbyshire and especially Mickey Arthur for believing in me and helping me out,” added Masood who got maiden T20I call-up in the national team following his superb run in the shorter format in recent times. 

Pakistan and England teams did practice together on Saturday. The two teams will play seven T20Is in Karachi and Lahore from September 20 to October 2. 

Masood is glad to get an opportunity to play for Pakistan in T20Is. “I am really excited and hopeful for a good return. It’s always a pleasure to represent Pakistan and performing is the second important thing,” the left-handed opener said. 

Karachi-hailed cricketer usually plays as an opener but it looks like that he will be utilised as a middle-order batter this time around. 

To a question about his batting number, the cricketer said he is not thinking about it. “I am not think about my batting number. I am feasible to play at any number and perform for my team. I am waiting for my turn and give back to the expectations people have from me,” he concluded. 

In National T20 Cup 2022, Masood scored 215 in nine matches while playing at number 4. 

According to reports, he was told to bat at this number as Pakistan team struggled to find a replacement on this particular batting slot. 

‘I am feasible to play at any number and perform for my team,’ says Shan Masood