Ahmed Shehzad and Shahid Afridi embroiled in heated argument on national TV

Former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi and fly-half Ahmed Shehzad had quite a heated conversation as they discussed the latter’s absence from the national team on the national channel. On the show, Shahid Afridi said Shehzad is being targeted because he was very supportive of him during his tenure as skipper. Ahmed Shehzad said he was denied the opportunity to play. Ahmed Shehzad last played a T20I for Pakistan in 2019. Last month he criticized the Pakistan Cricket Board for denying him opportunities, and targeted management, coaching staff and former coaches to ‘spoil and hurt his career. To that, PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja called Ahmed Shehzad’s comments “sheer frustration”. “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. I think people thought he was my favorite. I supported him a lot because I couldn’t find an opener of his ability in Pakistan. He was also playing. Obviously he couldn’t play in all the games, but he was also targeted because of me,” Afridi said.

Ahmed Shehzad was a bit taken aback by Afridi’s words and said he didn’t know why he said that. “Shahid Bhai, listen. I don’t know why you said that. You have been an older brother to me, you can tell me anything. Sometimes it hurts me, but you’ve always been an older brother to me,” the opening hitter said. Afridi then interrupted Shehzad saying he wanted to see Shehzad score points for the national team. To this, Shehzad replied that he should at least be given the opportunity to play. “I want you to score points, to enjoy your life with your wife and children. Allah has made life beautiful for you,” Afridi said. “I keep saying that. points, but at least don’t deny me the platforms where I can score. I’m going to ask you, when PSL teams want to pick me, who comes and says no? You tell me, where do I score points? At my place?” replied Ahmed Shehzad. Ahmed Shehzad played a lot of matches under former Pakistani skipper Shahid Afridi. In 81 ODIs and 59 T20Is for Pakistan, Shehzad scored 2605 passes in the ODIs at an average of 32.56 and 1474 passes in the T20Is at an average of 25.81. In 13 tests, the former Pakistani fly-half has 982 runs at an average of 40.92.