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Ahmed Shehzad criticized Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Afridi for using religion to excuse their poor performance and dishonesty about their fitness after the T20 World Cup 2024.

Pakistan is facing heavy criticism following their early exit from the ICC T20 World Cup 2024. Under Babar Azam’s leadership, the team failed to advance past the group stage after losses to the USA and India. This unexpected elimination led to scrutiny from former cricketers. Mohammad Rizwan acknowledged the fans’ frustration, while former player Ahmed Shehzad criticized Rizwan on social media, accusing him of using religious sentiments to deflect criticism.

Earlier, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman had made a bold statement about needing to perform surgery on the team to make changes. Rizwan responded, stating that the chairman is free to make changes, and emphasized that players represent Islam as well as Pakistan.

“Muslims are brand ambassadors of Islam first and then Pakistan. When a player is playing anywhere in the world, he is representing Islam,” Rizwan had said.

When asked about the same, Shaheen Afridi responded sarcastically, questioning the need for surgery and asking if anyone on the team was actually sick.

Ahmed Shehzad criticized senior players for using religion to deflect blame from their poor World Cup performance. On his social media account, Shehzad expressed disappointment that players were holding unnecessary press conferences and using religion as an excuse.

“It is disappointing that some players are hiding their poor performance in the World Cup by holding unnecessary press conferences and playing the religion card. Where does religion go when they lie about their fitness and when they admit they were acting on the field? Does religion teach you to deceive others and lie in the field? You are paid to perform on the field and you join the grouping in the team instead,” he questioned.

“Religion teaches us to fulfill our responsibility with full determination and not to lie about our suffering. Some spokespeople for these players want them to be given another chance, but why? This is the Pakistan team and it is not their home team where they can play. If they want another chance they can make their team and play with their friends but not for the Pakistan cricket team anymore,” Shehzad added.

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Ahmed Shehzad also vowed to hold PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi accountable for the promised team overhaul. He criticized some Pakistani players for mocking the chairman’s statement, emphasizing their commitment to ensuring accountability and demanding action until the national team regains its form.

“We will not let PCB Chairman Mohsin Naqvi forget the big surgery he promised. Some players of the Pakistani team are now even mocking the chairman’s statement because they don’t care. But we will make sure that fans get their answers and action is taken against these players. We have taken a stand and we will not back down until this Pakistan team is back on the right track,” the former cricketer concluded.

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Last Updated on July 4, 2024

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