“Targeted Because Of Me”: Shahid Afridi On Out-Of-Favour Pakistan Batter

Disgraced Pakistani batter Ahmed Shehzad is aiming for a comeback in the national team. Shehzad, who last played for Pakistan in 2019, was sacked after a meager patch with the bat, which was followed by a long-term injury that kept him out of the game. However, the 30-year-old has openly criticized management and former coaches for his demise. Shehzad was recently featured on Pakistani Samaa TV, where former captain Shahid Afridi also took part in the debate.

While Shehzad played most of his cricket under Afridi captaincy, the former Pakistani captain feels the batter was targeted because of him.

“Ahmed was targeted because of me because I supported him a lot. I gave him a lot of opportunities, which turned out to be a negative thing for him when I left after my retirement as captain. I think people thought he was close to me.” I have supported him a lot because I did not find an opener of his ability in Pakistan. He played too. Obviously he couldn’t perform in all the matches, but he was also attacked by me,” Afridi said during a discussion on Samaa TV.

However, Shehzad was surprised by Afridi’s comments and replied, “Shahid bhai, listen. I don’t know why you said that. You’ve been an older brother to me, you can say anything to me. Sometimes it hurts me, but you you’ve always been an older brother to me.”

Afridi then interrupted Shehzad and said he wants him to score runs and enjoy, to which the Lahore-born batter replied that at least he would get playing opportunities.

“I want you to score runs, enjoy your life with your wife and children. Allah has made life beautiful for you. I keep saying that,” Afridi added.

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“I want to score points, but in any case don’t deny me the platforms where I can score. I will ask you, when parties in PSL want to choose me, who comes in and says no? Tell me, where should I score? At home?” Shehzad replied.

Notably, Shehzad recently played for Central Punjab in the Pakistan Cup, scoring 456 runs in 11 matches at an average of 456.

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