Pakistan opening batsman Ahmad Shahzad has called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to provide him with fair opportunities, just like any other player in the team. Speaking on Geo News’ program Score, Shahzad, who has played 13 Tests, 81 ODIs, and 59 T20Is, expressed his desire to represent Pakistan again.
Shahzad acknowledged that Pakistan’s cricket team is open to everyone and whoever performs well will get a chance to play. He also acknowledged that there are many openers in contention for the national team’s spot, especially in the shorter formats. However, he stated that it all depends on the performance of each individual player.
The batsman further added that he is supportive of giving chances to younger players and is particularly impressed by Saim Ayub. However, he believes that sometimes experienced players are needed to groom these young players.
Shahzad emphasized that his fitness is not in question and that he is available for all three formats of the game. He also stated that he does not want any special treatment but simply honest treatment like any other player.
Shahzad has represented Pakistan for a long time and was the first Pakistani cricketer to score a century in all three formats. However, he last played his international match under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed in 2019. Since then, Misbah-ul-Haq has been appointed as the head coach of the Pakistan team under the leadership of Ehsan Mani-led PCB setup.
In his first series as head coach, Misbah recalled discarded cricketers Shahzad and Umar Akmal in the T20I squad against Sri Lanka. However, Pakistan lost the three-match T20I series 3-0.
In summary, Shahzad wants to be treated fairly and given equal opportunities like any other player in the team. He is ready to represent Pakistan again and support the team in grooming younger players while also providing his experience to the squad.
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