Shan Masood becomes first Pakistan cricketer in 24 years to register ton on English soil

Shan Masood showcased great resilience against England’s lethal pace attack during England vs Pakistan 1st Test to register his 4th Test century. In the process, he became the first Pakistan cricketer in 24 years to score a ton on English soil after Saeed Anwar last did it in 1996.

Masood also achieved a unique feat to become the first opener after Saeed Anwar in 1996 to face 200+ balls in a men’s Test innings in England.

The English pacers were breathing fire with the cherry at the Old Trafford in Manchester but no one was able to pierce the defences of Masood as the southpaw scored a scintillating ton. Also,  this was Masood’s third Test century in a row. The 30-year-old wasn’t very aggressive during the course of his knock. However, he didn’t put a foot wrong against the swinging deliveries and toiled the opposition bowlers for his wicket. Wickets kept tumbling at the other end but Masood wasn’t ready to put his guards down as he registered a marvellous century.

Earlier on Day 2, After Azam got dismissed for 69, the visitors lost two quick wickets in the form of Asad Shafiq and Mohammad Rizwan. However, Masood got the support of all-rounder Shadab Khan and the duo are eyeing to guide Pakistan to a massive first-innings total. So far, the visitors have crossed the 250-run mark but Masood needs to stay at the crease for some more time in order to put his on a commanding position.