‘There seems a deliberate effort to keep me out’ – Ahmed Shehzad quits PSL, vows to reveal conspiracy soon

Dec 15, 2023

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‘There seems a deliberate effort to keep me out’ – Ahmed Shehzad quits PSL, vows to reveal conspiracy soon

“It seems like a shared responsibility to keep me away from PSL, and all franchises have shaken hands,” said Shehzad.

By Arfath Pasha S

Published – Dec 15, 2023, 13:34 IST | Updated – Dec 15, 2023, 13:56 IST

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Ahmed Shehzad. (Photo Source: X(Twitter)

Pakistan batter, Ahmed Shehzad, has declared his departure from the Pakistan Super League (PSL) citing a perceived exclusion from franchises. The right-handed batter expressed his dismay, stating a deliberate sidelining despite his robust domestic performances. He has represented Multan Sultans and Quetta Gladiators between 2016-2020, accumulating 1077 runs across 45 matches in the PSL, boasting an average of 26.26, including nine half-centuries.

Despite his recent form in the National T20 Cup, amassing 344 runs at an impressive strike rate of 133.33, Shehzad was left out of the PSL draft for the upcoming season, sparking his decision to bid farewell to the league. He highlighted his statistical superiority over some selected players. In a heartfelt social media post, he conveyed his disappointment, hinting at a possible conspiracy behind his exclusion.

“A heartfelt goodbye to Pakistan Super League! I’m writing this note which I thought I wouldn’t be writing this year. Another PSL draft goes by and same old story – didn’t get picked. God knows why! But they plan, and Allah plans. Indeed ALLAH is the best of Planners…I have tried really hard by giving it all in domestic circuit consistently in last few years, and did reasonably well in the National T20 Cup just before the PSL draft,” his post read on ‘X’.

“There seems a deliberate effort to keep me out, even when franchises have opted for other performers with inferior numbers than me. But when everything is pre-planned so it doesn’t really matter. I don’t know whose responsibility it is to get top domestic performers in the PSL then,” he added.

Here’s Shehzad’s latest post on ‘X’:

Shehzad pledges to unveil details of conspiracy soon 

The 32-year-old also expressed his desire for a national team comeback. His absence from the draft, despite notable performances, had raised eyebrows and fueled speculation within the cricketing fraternity. As Shehzad has promised and pledged to unveil the truth soon, surrounding his exclusion, the cricketing world awaits further clarification on the puzzling omission of the Pakistan opener from the country’s biggest league.

“But I exactly know the reasons why I’m not made part of the PSL – the whole country, and my fans will know it very soon. I’m parting ways and saying goodbye to Pakistan Super League for my own self respect. I’ve never played for money and will never do it. While many chose international leagues across the globe, I decided to grind in the domestic circuit to prove my love for the game, and to wear the Green Flag again,”

“I’m taking this decision keeping money out of it (was offered several contracts to play leagues yet chose Pakistan). I will not play the PSL again with these 6 teams. It seems like a shared responsibility to keep me away from PSL, and all franchises have shaken hands,” he concluded.

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