Former Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi and batter Ahmed Shehzad engaged in a heated argument on television recently. Shehzad has been making headlines off late for his statements over his absence from the Pakistan team. He last played for his country in 2019 in a T20I. Last month, Ahmed criticized the management, and the former coaches for ‘spoiling and hurting’ his career.
On Tuesday, Ahmed Shehzad made an appearance on Pakistan’s television channel Samaa TV, where former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was also a part of the expert panel. Speaking about Ahmed Shehzad on the show, Afridi claimed that the veteran batter was targeted because of him. He expressed that people thought Afridi gave a lot of chances to Ahmed Shehzad and supported him, which turned out to be negative for the batter.
“Ahmed was targeted because of me because I supported him a lot. I gave him a lot of chances, which turned out to be a negative thing for him when I left the captaincy. People thought he was my favorite. I supported him a lot because I wasn’t finding an opener of his ability in Pakistan. He was performing as well. Obviously, he couldn’t perform in all games but he was targeted because of me as well,” said Shahid Afridi.
Shehzad was surprised by Afridi’s comments and said he doesn’t know on what basis his former skipper mentioned supporting him.
“Shahid bhai, listen. I don’t know why you said that. You’ve been a elder brother to me, you can say anything to me. Sometimes, it does hurt me, but you have always been an elder brother to me,” he said.
As the player was continuing his argument, Afridi interrupted and said: “I want you to score runs, enjoy your life with your wife and kids. Allah has made life beautiful for you.”
Frustrated at finding no favours from the Pakistan selectors and the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchises, Shehzad said he also is aware of the need to score runs but asked where are the opportunities?
“I keep saying that. I want to score runs, but at least don’t deny me the platforms where I can score. I will ask you, when sides in PSL want to pick me, who comes in and says no? You tell me, where do I score runs? At my home?” he concluded.