Pakistan bowling legend Wasim Akram believes right-hand opener Ahmed Shehzad will have to participate more in club cricket to make a comeback in the national team.
“There is a reason Sarfraz Ahmed and Asad Shafiq have been so successful; they play club cricket whenever they are free from international duty,” said Wasim before the start of play on day two in the Pakistan-West Indies day-night Test at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.
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“Shehzad needs to focus more on first-class and club cricket because that is his only way back into the national team,” Wasim, who is serving as an analyst for PTV Sports, added.
“There is a very simple formula for Shehzad to make a comeback, he just needs to put up a few big scores in first-class cricket and the selectors will give him a chance,” he continued.
Wasim’s argument was supported by his fellow analyst and Pakistan spin legend Saqlain Mushtaq. The off-spinner said that he had seen Wasim participate in club matches even after they both became stars. Saqlain said he took the cue from Wasim and also played club and domestic cricket to keep his performances in check.
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Former left-arm pacer also made a tongue-in-cheek comment about Shehzad eating Biryani during his off-time from cricket, but later covered it up with a great advice.
“Talent only lasts for a few years, hard work is necessary to keep oneself going for a longer time,” said Wasim.
Shehzad last represented Pakistan in the 2016 World T20 in March. He and Umar Akmal were then pushed out of the team plans on disciplinary grounds. Umar made his comeback against West Indies after a scintillating performance in the National T20 Cup.
Courtesy : Express Tribune