PAK vs ENG T20: My sister’s death made me look at life differently, says Shan Masood

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PAK vs ENG T20: My sister's death made me look at life differently, says Shan Masood
PAK vs ENG T20: My sister's death made me look at life differently, says Shan Masood

PAK vs ENG T20: My sister’s death made me look at life differently, says Shan Masood

PAK vs ENG T20: There is a life beyond cricket and Shan Masood got a whole new perspective when he lost his beloved sister.

The lanky left-hander talked about how privileged he felt to be playing for Pakistan and how he doesn’t want to carry the weight of expectation as he prepared to make his T20I debut against England.

“I have learnt a lot with time and have grown as a person and player. They are more important things in life than cricket so I just feel blessed to be doing what I do,” Shan said at a press conference in Karachi on Saturday when asked if he was feeling any pressure on his comeback.

He also mentioned his sister’s passing this year, who was a remarkable person and dear to him.

“My sister’s passing away made me look at things differently. I just feel now it is great to be getting a chance to play for your country or your favourite sport and earning from it but there is more to life than success and failure in cricket,” he said.

After sitting out since early 2021, the towering left-hander has been called up to the Pakistan T20 team and is now a member of the World Cup roster.

Shan, a renowned specialist test opener, has made a comeback to the T20 team as a middle order batsman as a result of his outstanding performance in all three forms this year, including the National T20 Championship, the Vitality Blast in England, and the Pakistan Super League.

He stated that if he is unsuccessful in the home series against England in the middle order, he won’t be blaming anyone.

“I just think you try to do your best when you get your opportunity and if you can’t perform, only you are to be blamed. No one else. I will not blame anyone if I can’t make a successful comeback. I can only do my best but the result is not in my hands.”

Even when he booted from the Pakistani team, he said, it because of his own errors and failings.

“As an athlete, you can never put blame on anyone for your failure. It is all about you.”

Shan said it was great to play a home series against the top T20 team in the world and that his time playing for Derbyshire during the English county season had taught him a lot about himself as a person and a player.

“I played against and alongside some very good players and our coach, Mickey Arthur was a big help for me and helped me understand how I can challenge myself.”