Ahmed Shehzad has squashed speculations of ‘groupism’ in the team, saying he didn’t under perform deliberately during the ICC World T20 match against New Zealand to undermine skipper Shahid Afridi. Soon after Pakistan defeat to New Zealand, social media networks and some former players and government ministers floated allegations that Shehzad along with Umar Akmal and Shoaib Malik had deliberately batted slowly in the run chase. Photographs of these players were posted on some social networks blaming them for groupism and conspiring against Afridi.
Ahmed Shehzad said:
“If we lost we are all responsible and if we win it will be a collective credit for us.”
“Afridi is like my elder brother and I cannot even imagine betraying my country which is our mother. I cannot think of doing anything wrong.”
“Believe me since we lost the match I couldn’t eat properly. The tournament is not over for us but unfortunately the media and some people are spreading irresponsible rumors about groupism in the team. As a human being you can give your best and try but not always are you successful.”
To make matters worse the federal minister for power, Abid Sher Ali also claimed that they were groupism and politics within the team and it was time to unmask such players and sack them permanently from Pakistan cricket. These allegations and conspiracy theory has apparently got through to the trio as Malik also at his media conference in Mohali today insisted they wanted to win the match against Australia tomorrow as a fitting farewell for Afridi. Malik went to great pains to explain that Afridi was like a brother and there was nothing more he would like to see than the captain win the World T20 Cup.
The Pakistan media has also reported that in the team meeting after the New Zealand match, Afridi and head coach Waqar Younis had told the players that today match could be their last for Pakistan.
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