Misbah: Pakistan losing kids to other sports


Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has again lamented the lack of international cricket in his home country, saying the youth do not get to see live cricket and are thus lost to other sports that capture their interests.

Pakistan have not hosted a home Test since 2009, after a terror attack on a Sri Lanka team bus, and Misbah feels that being unable to watch their home 'heroes' is something that allows kids to forget about the game.

He is concerned about the development of future talent, with many players in the Pakistan team, himself included, reaching the ends of their careers.

Misbah said on Cricinfo: "The interest of the youth is really losing out to other sports. 

"It's one area where you can say we are really unlucky and we want international cricket back in Pakistan, just to help our youngsters and just to help cricket in Pakistan.

"If you are not watching the heroes and the top stars in the world in the grounds and you are not meeting them. That could be a big attraction for them to play cricket. 

"Without that, it's really difficult for the Pakistan Cricket Board and it can really hurt them financially also.

"It can really hurt your overall development as a cricketing nation. Your youth can really be inspired if you are playing internationally back at home. Obviously, you can build more infrastructure and people read more about cricket.

"At school level, club level, the activity has just dropped a little bit because of that. You can see wherever the World Cups are, or international events, the whole scenario changes, it's like a fever in that country for that sport. That's what we have been really missing.

"We need more sports atmosphere in Pakistan. We must understand that even in our schools, our colleges and our homes, how important sports is for a kid."