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“People Get Frustrated”: PCB Chief Ramiz Raja On Pakistan Opening Batsman

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Pakistan Cricket Board chief Rameez Raja has reacted strongly to opener Ahmed Shehzad’s recent statement. The player has been out of the team for a long time and back in 2016 coach Waqar Younis advised him to return to domestic cricket. Shahzad, 30, reacted to the report, saying that it has hurt his career. Shahzad has played 13 Tests, 81 ODIs and 59 T20 matches. He last played for the national team in a T20I against Sri Lanka in Lahore in October 2019.

Now, Raja has reacted strongly to the statement.

“Look, I have made a comeback too. My message to them is, ‘Let the bat do the talking’. Keep scoring, there is no way you will be dropped from the team,” Raja said during a press conference on Wednesday.

“Look at Shan Masood. He has made a comeback in the team with a lot of runs,” he added.

Younis, the then head coach of the national team, wrote in his 2016 report that Shahzad and Umar Akmal should play domestic cricket to return to the national team.

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Speaking to Cricket Pakistan, Shehzad said: “I haven’t seen the report myself but a PCB official told me that these remarks have been made about me. But I believe these things can be discussed in a face-to-face discussion.” And I am ready to take that challenge then we will see who is right and who is wrong.

“Maybe I have more things to say and my reach is bigger than they are, but I choose to keep quiet because you have to live up to your standards. But his words hurt my career, especially Since I was not allowed to present my case.”

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