Monday Mar 16, 2020
Legendary batsman Javed Miandad has taken a dig at supremely out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad for taking excessive pride in his fitness and skills and saying that he could represent Pakistan for as many as 12 more years.
Shehzad, who was by far the worst performing player of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2020 and scored a paltry 61 runs in seven innings at an average of 8.7, recently appeared to side step his alarming slump, saying that he is still only 28 and can play at the highest level for another dozen years.
"The past two years have been tough for me but I have learned a lot in that span of time and hopefully this will prove beneficial in my upcoming years in cricket," Shehzad was quoted as saying by Cricket Paksitan.
"Bearing in mind my fitness and skills, I think I can represent Pakistan for another 12 years and that is not an exaggeration."
A tall claim from someone who has been repeatedly failing has upset Miandad, who believes Shehzad should put his head down and produce performances rather than issue "irresponsible statements".
"You [Ahmed Shehzad] can play for 20 years rather than just 12 … I guarantee you that … but you need to perform. If you perform daily nobody will drop you from the side. If other players are performing then they will be preferred over you with regards to playing for the national side," Miandad, one of the greatest batsmen of his generation, said.
"Players should not give such irresponsible statements and instead let their performance do the talking on the field," he added.