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England batsman Alex Hales has made it clear that he would have no problem playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) if the tournament were to be held entirely in Pakistan.
Hales’ comments come after he represented Islamabad United in both eliminators of the PSL, which were held in Karachi.
Hales scored 42 runs across both matches at an average of 21 and admitted that he really enjoyed his time in Pakistan, even though he was there for a short time.
“It was very good and a memorable experience,” he told Sky Sports. “This was the first time I have ever been to Pakistan and I was very impressed with the quality of the ground as well as the standard of cricket which was brilliant.
“The Pakistan Super League is renowned for its high-quality bowling attacks and looking around there was a lot of depth and class in every team’s squad. I was only there for 48 hours or so but my time there was really enjoyable.
“My manager, my team-mates, the local players and the support you get from the fans and from social media really made me feel very welcome.
“Yes, I would have no problems playing the full tournament in Pakistan provided everything was fine in terms of arrangements and I had the go-ahead security-wise.”
Hales conceded that he was disappointed not to be able to see a lot of Karachi as he was only there for two days.
“I only really spent most of my time at the hotel and the cricket ground and in terms of those two aspects, my stay there was most enjoyable,” he said. “I was lucky enough to be around a good bunch of team-mates who I had played with in the previous year.
“All the players got along really well, and the experience was a memorable one although unfortunately I didn’t get the chance to see a lot of the city of Karachi.”