Ahmed Shehzad has leveled some shocking allegations against his teammates. He claimed that they slandered him and plotted his expulsion from the Pakistani national team.
Shehzad has attributed the decline in his career to the late Pakistani bowler Waqar Younis. Shehzad alleges that Waqar was one of the key players in his dismissal from the national team in all competitions. When discussing the distinctions between Indian and Pakistani cricket, Shehzad also used the example of how Virat Kohli has consistently had MS Dhoni’s backing.
Ahmed Shehzad on Pakistani team culture
According to Pakistani batter Ahmed Shehzad, one significant difference between Indian and Pakistani cricket is that in his nation, senior players and former cricketers find it difficult to see someone succeed. Shehzad compared his career to that of Virat Kohli, saying that while Kohli continues to get opportunities despite having struggled for the past two years, he was dismissed from the team after just two subpar performances.
In his career, Kohli faced some challenging times. However, the then-captain Dhoni continued to support him, and it eventually paid off as Virat Kohli went on to become one of the greatest players in Indian cricket.
“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 own people cannot stand your success. Our own senior players and ex-cricketers cannot digest seeing someone succeed in the cricketing world, which is unfortunate for Pakistan cricket,” Shehzad said.
“Kohli’s been struggling for form for the past two years, while I was cast aside after two matches. I was told to perform in the Faisalabad tournament and I was the highest scorer there but still I was not handed another chance,” he added.
Shehzad had a lot of potential and was destined for greatness. But he was in and out of the squad due to injuries and a poor run of form. His most recent appearance for the national team was in 2019.