Out-of-favour batsman Ahmed Shehzad has revealed that he was deeply hurt by the way he was treated by the Pakistan cricket team before his axe in 2016. He claimed that his career was deeply influenced by the then head coach Waqar Younis, who presented one. Report to PCB that the batsman will have to return to domestic cricket if he wants to play for the country.
recently in conversation Cricket Pakistan, Shahzad said that he never paid heed to the reports submitted to the PCB, adding that he would be ready to discuss the matter face-to-face.
“I have not seen the report myself, but a PCB official told me that these comments were made about me. But I believe that these things should be discussed face to face and I am ready to face that challenge. Then we will see who is right and who is wrong,” Shahzad told Cricket Pakistan.
“Their words hurt my career, especially since I was not allowed to present my case. It was a pre-planned approach, and they wanted to kill two birds with one stone,” he said.
Shahzad made his debut in 2009 at the age of 17. The opener represented Pakistan in 13 Tests, 81 ODIs and 59 T20Is before being dropped from the team. He last played for his country in 2019 in a T20I game against Sri Lanka in Lahore.
During the peak of his career, Shehzad was often compared to Virat Kohli, who had just started to progress in his game. The batsman went on a parallel draw amidst the cricket scene India and Pakistan, saying that Kohli’s career took off as he was backed M S Dhoni But the senior players in his country could not see the juniors succeed.
“I have said this before, and I will say it again, Kohli’s career progressed wonderfully as he found MS Dhoni but unfortunately, here in Pakistan, your people cannot stand your success. Our senior players and former cricketers are unable to digest seeing someone succeed in the world of cricket, which is unfortunate for Pakistan cricket.
Shahzad has so far scored 982 runs in Tests, 2605 runs in ODIs and 1471 runs in T20Is.