Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo
Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has admitted it is heartbreaking to not be able to play international cricket in Pakistan.
With Pakistan playing their home games in the United Arab Emirates, Azhar noted that it is extremely tough for the players to constantly be away from their family and friends.
However, in the past couple of years, international cricket has slowly begun trickling back into Pakistan as Sri Lanka played a Twenty20 International in Lahore in October 2017, while the West Indies played a three-match Twenty20 series in Karachi in April 2018.
“People should not underestimate just how difficult it is,” he told Sky Sports. “You are constantly playing cricket away from home venues, away from your friends, away from your family and your fans.
“Playing in front of your own fans, your countrymen is what every sportsperson yearns and dreams of and you get a lift from playing in your own country in front of packed stadiums as we have just seen in Karachi at the Pakistan Super League.
“Only those who cannot play in front of their own crowds know just how tough this is and how heartbreaking it is.”