Pakistani cricketer Ahmed Shehzad was one of the big names in Pakistan cricket during the early days of his career.
The 30-year-old, who many predicted to be the next big thing in World cricket, last played an international game in 2019.
In a recent interview with cricket Pakistan, he blamed former Pakistan Head Coach Waqar Younis for ruining his career.
Apparently, after a poor performance from the Men in Green in the T20I World Cup in 2016, the then Head Coach Waqar Younis, who resigned a day after the tournament, submitted a report to PCB suggesting Shehzad and Umar Akmal play domestic cricket.
Shehzad, who struggled for a spot in the team, has now openly blamed Waqar Younis for not giving him a chance to present his case. He further challenged Younis to come out in the open and speak face-to-face.
“I have not seen the report, but a PCB official told me these remarks have been said regarding me. But I believe 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.
He went further ahead in slamming the Pakistan cricket culture and even made a comparison with Indian cricket by citing the example of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Interestingly, In his young days, Shehzad had an uncanny resemblance with Kohli.
“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.”