Pakistan’s opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad took the opportunity to state the act of “senior players” in the national side who oppose from one’s success.
Ahmed Shehzad cited the example of Indian duo Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli and explained how the young player (previously) Virat Kohli got the opportunity by captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to become a successful batsman today.
Ahmed had been in a long break from the national side, considering his rejection from the team selection. Coach Waqar Younis advised the opener to play domestic cricket to shine more.
“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 told Cricket Pakistan.
“Kohli’s been struggling for form for the past two years, I was cast aside after two matches. I was told to perform in the Faisalabad tournament and I was the highest score there but still I was not handed another chance,” he added.
When asked about the remarks made by Waqar Younis, Shehzad said: “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.”
“Maybe I have more things to say and I might even have a bigger reach than them but I opt to stay quiet because you need to live up to your own standards. But their words hurt my career, especially since I was not allowed to present my case,” he added.