Shan Masood credits his successful County stint for call-up in Pakistan’s squad for T20 World Cup 2022
Shan Masood, who was added to Pakistan’s 15-member squad for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022, credited his successful County campaign in England as a T20 batter to earned him a call-up to Pakistan’s squads.
Masood was initially selected for Pakistan’s T20I team for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia next month, but the southpaw could make his T20I debut sooner given that Pakistan and England are scheduled to play seven matches beginning on September 20.
“I’d like to think it (playing County in England) was a very big stepping stone in terms of me making into the T20I side (for the T20 World Cup). The Pakistan Super League was a big step up, performing at that level obviously gives you a lot of confidence, ” ICC quoted Masood as saying.
“Having played the T20 Blast over there and getting some runs there. I think that was important to just put my name out there. What was brilliant was that I got to play a lot of cricket in the County. I figured myself out as a person, as a batter,” he added.
“I owe a lot to Mickey Arthur and Derbyshire for the time they invested in me. And just being around all grounds, playing against players that are around in the England setup. It is one experience I will always regard when it comes to my development as a player,” Masood said.
Masood praised England’s white-ball squad, referring to them as one of the greatest in the world, and thought that the next series would be the perfect training ground for Pakistan before the T20 World Cup.
“I think England is one of the best white-ball sides in the world. Having played County cricket over there this season, having looked at the standard of cricket, we not surprised at all with what England possesses as a team,” he said.
The left-hander had a remarkable season in the T20 Blast in England. After scoring 547 runs at a strike rate of over 140 and also an average of 45.58.
“Mickey (Arthur) is a very successful coach. We kept talking about my game. We tried to take it to the next level and I think learning that was tops,” he said.
“I’ve got to some place now compared to five years ago. I mean, I’m happy with that but as a player, the game is always evolving. And also you have to evolve as well. I think my next step is to meet the demands of international T20 cricket. And hope I make a good career out of it,” Masood said.