I like playing cricket with a sense of freedom, says Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad

first_imgPakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has dismissed the tag of being indisciplined and having attitude problems, insisting that his ambition was to play 100 Test matches for the nation.The 23-year old also made it clear that he didn’t like being compared to India’s Virat Kohli nor was he keen to replicate his achievements.”My motto is to enjoy cricket and I like playing cricket with a sense of freedom and joy. I like to dress well, eat well and am bit of a showman and if you don’t have attitude you can’t be a more than average professional sportsman,” Shehzad said.”But to say that I am indisciplined or have attitude problems is not correct. I have my own style and I like to enjoy life but that does not mean I am not a team man, good professional athlete or I don’t respect my teammates. Many impressions about me are misplaced,” he said.Reminded that head coach Waqar Younis and captain Misbah-ul-Haq had recommended dropping him from the national team after the World Cup because of discipline issues, Shehzad questioned whether anyone including the media had really gone through the report.Also read: Skipper Kohli promises aggressive brand of leadership in first full series”There are lot of conjunctions about the report and some misunderstanding. Obviously they are differences and issues in a team which is like a family. But that does not mean I am not disciplined. Why they filed that report is something they can answer best,” Shehzad said.advertisementLearnt from mistakes Insisting that he had learnt and changed from his past mistakes Shehzad said that he would like to be treated as a 23 year old youngster and not a 28 to 30-year-old in the team.”I know I don’t always deliver at the crease but whenever I do I just want my team management to remember I am still just 23 years and judge my performances on that.”Shehzad was responding to a question that although there was lot of stress on playing youngsters in the team he and others like Umar Akmal or Asad Shafiq tended to be scrutinised more often for their performances.The youngster, who has played 11 Tests and 70 one-day internationals so far also admitted that he was upset at not getting a chance to play in Lahore, Pakistan against Zimbabwe in the ODI series when it became the first foreign team to visit Pakistan in six years time.”Yes definitely that was a disappointment not to get to play in front of my home crowd but hopefully that chance will come soon,” he said.last_img

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