ISLAMABAD - Former Pakistani cricketer, Abdul Razzaq, has said that had Ahmed Shahzad continued to perform well and did just justice to his talent, he certainly would have left players like Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Serhwag behind in numbers.
Razzaq was a part of a panel discussing Pakistan cricket on PTV Sports.
When the anchor asked about Pakistan’s players who have not lived up to their potential and if he was sure about the talent and skills of these players, Razzaq said, “Jee, bilkul hai. Mein kehta hoon, Ahmed Shehzad zabardast tha, yeh Sehwag aur Tendulkar jaise players ko bhi peeche chod sakta tha.” [Yes, of course. According to me, Ahmed Shehzas was a terrific player. He could have left the likes of Tendulkar and Sehwag behind.]
Anchor, in absolute shock: Hain??? [WHATTTT??]
To which, Razzaq said, “Aisa ismein talent tha shuru mein.” [That I thought during Shehzad’s career’s initial days.]
“I have seen him from the beginning of his career. He was extremely talented. Even Umar Akmal was talented.
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They have been victims of the system of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB); they fail in a match or two and they lose their place. So, according to me, when a player gets a chance, he should play freely and give his hundred percent.
The way the duo of Shehzad and Umar began their respective careers, I have always rated them high in talent but I would just blame them for spoiling their games,” Razaaq, who played 46 Tests, 265 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 32 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for Pakistan, said.
Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shehzad have been in and out of the Pakistan national side, mostly, because of their inconsistency issues.
Making things worse, last month Shehzad failed a dope test and risks a minimum suspension of three to six months for violating the anti-doping laws.