Ahmed Shehzad, the Pakistani batter, has blamed former head coach Waqar Younis for his professional career decline. Shehzad discussed the recent report in which Waqar Younis claimed that the right-hander must play domestic cricket in order to earn a spot in the team.
Shehzad was called Pakistan cricket’s next big thing, but injuries and a bad run of form caused him to be in and out of the team. He last played for the national team in 2019
Ahmed Shehzad: Our senior players can’t digest success
In a recent interview, Shehzad discussed why he was dropped from the Test and ODI team in 2016, blaming former head coach Waqar Younis. He expressed his disappointment at not being given the opportunity to make his case. He also claimed that some of his old teammates wanted him and Umar Akmal to leave the group. He added that they were trying to accomplish two goals at once and that this was a pre-planned strategy.
“I have not seen the report myself, but a PCB official told me that these remarks have been said regarding me. But I believe that these things should be discussed face-to-face, and I am ready to take on that challenge. Then we will see who is right and who is wrong. Their words hurt my career, especially since I was not allowed to present my case. This was a pre-planned approach, and they wanted to kill two birds with one stone,” Shehzad said.
Shehzad and former Team India captain Virat Kohli made their debuts at the same time, and Shehzad believes MS Dhoni was instrumental in Kohli’s success. Shehzad made his point by citing Virat Kohli’s success under MS Dhoni’s captaincy, claiming that Pakistan’s senior players cannot digest the success of another player.
“I have said this before, and I will say it again, Kohli’s career picked off amazingly because he found MS Dhoni but unfortunately, here in Pakistan, your people cannot stand your success. Our senior players and ex-cricketers cannot digest seeing someone succeed in the cricketing world, which is unfortunate for Pakistan cricket,” he added.