Ahmed Shehzad has pinned the blame on former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis for his career declien. He also launched a scathing attack on ex-cricketers and senior players.

Shehzad has blamed Younis for his career decline (Courtesy: Reuters)


  • Shehzad last played for Pakistan in 2019
  • The 30-year-old the words of Waqar Younis and others hurt his career
  • Shehzad claimed that senior stars and ex-cricketers didn’t back him properly

Pakistan batter Ahmed Shehzad has blamed former head coach Waqar Younis for his career decline and expressed his frustration at not being able to present his case properly.

Shehzad was tipped by many to reach lofty heights. However, injuries and a poor run of form meant that he was in and out of the squad. The opening batter last played for the national side in 2019.

Speaking to Cricket Pakistan, the 30-year-old opened up on his departure from the Test and ODI team in 2016 and pinned the blame on Younis.

The former coach had reportedly submitted a report at that time where he remarked that Umar Akmal and Shehzad should play domestic cricket to get their spot back in the national team setup. The opening batter were unhappy with these comments and said such discussions should be held face-to-face. He also claimed that this was a pre-planned approach and they wanted to kill two birds with one stone.

“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. 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,” said Shehzad.

The 30-year-old went onto launch a scathing attack against ex-cricketers and senior players by saying that he wasn’t backed by them properly. Shehzad used the example of Virat Kohli flourishing under MS Dhoni’s captaincy to make his point and said that the Pakistani senior players cannot digest the success of another star.

“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,” said Shehzad.

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