Former Pakistan spinner Mushtaq Ahmed said that England’s cricketers would happily tour Pakistan and says his country deserved better having travelled the other way at the height of the pandemic. Ahmed was England’s spin-bowling coach in 2009-2015, voiced his frustration to a news agency AFP after England cancelled tours for their men’s and women’s teams to Pakistan.
“I think from my experience, playing in England and also coach of England for six years, I think the guys are very open-minded and they know the circumstances of the world,” Ahmed, 51, said of the English players.
“I know them — I played with lots of cricketers, I coached them for six years, I played (English) county cricket,” he added.
“I think (the) players will definitely come now,” he said, pointing out that a number of England players had featured in the Pakistan Super League in recent seasons.
Ahmed said that Pakistan deserved better after they toured England last year.
Pakistan had travelled England in the time when COVID-19 was in peak.
“If (a) team can travel in corona (virus) situation when the people were dying (in Britain) and Pakistan went to England and played a series, then they should have acknowledged that and they should respect that,” said Ahmed.