Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has slammed T20I captain Shahid Afridi and national selectors for dropping him in the ongoing Asia Cup T20 and upcoming World T20 despite showing good performances in the recently concluded PSL (Pakistan Super League).
Shehzad told Pakistan TV station ARY, “I don’t know or understand the reason for dropping an established player after a bad performance in one or two series.”
Shehzad added, “If performance was the only criteria then I should have been selected. I’ve performed well in the last three and a half years.”
The 24-years old right-handed batsman was in good form during the recently concluded inaugural PSL which was played in T20 format. Shehzad finished as fourth leading run-scorer with 290 runs at the average of 29.00 and strike rate was 143.56.
Shehzad has represented Pakistan in 40 T20Is where he hit 1 century and 4 half-centuries. But the lack of consistency in his batting always keeps him on selectors radar to be dropped from the team.
Shehzad elaborated about his job, “Anyhow, my job as a player is to perform on the field and also to enjoy my cricket which is under my control. A player’s form can fluctuate, but the ability is something that always remains consistent. I am not disappointed; I am very much satisfied with my performances.”
Then he pinched selectors and captain Afridi by quoting, “The team has been picked according to their [management and captain] wish and good luck to them.”
However, Shehzad is very confident for making a comeback soon. He said, “I am still young and have hit 10 international centuries, which is a great achievement, and I will be back very, very soon.”