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12:00 AM, February 14, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:27 AM, February 14, 2020

‘Cricket belongs to everyone’

Kumar Sangakkara, the MCC president and captain of its 12-man squad on a week-long tour of Pakistan, believes in actions more than words, which is why he's in the country to ensure Pakistan is back on the cricketing map.

Addressing a press conference on Thursday he said it had been 47 years since the club last visited Pakistan and 10 years for him personally.

"Cricket belongs to everyone, but for the players to have that platform and display their skills you need to have that support," Sangakkara said in Lahore. "The fact is that you need to have an underpinning of youth who can be inspired to take up the game.

"So if there is no home cricket for a very long period of time, there is a danger that sometime that kind of hunger might go away. The more cricket that you play here at home, the more times young children and the fabulous fans of Pakistan can see their side, their players play in front of them, within almost touching distance."

Sangakkara, who took over the charge as MCC president in October 2019, further said it's difficult to put into words what a strong Pakistan brings to world cricket, and how it's important to hammer home the message that touring Pakistan is now safe.

"Rather than a direct message by saying something to them, the best thing that we can do is send that message by the way we play in the field," Sangakkara said.


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