I don’t need to justify my performance: Shafiq responds to Akhtar’s criticism


Karachi: Pakistan men’s team senior batsman Asad Shafiq has responded to former pacer Shoaib Akhtar’s criticism by saying that one should check the records while forming an opinion.

Shoaib Akhtar recently criticized Asad’s defensive mindset and not dominating the opposition through courage and determination.

The 34-year-old batsman also said that if he was not brave enough so he would not have scored centuries in tough conditions.

“I would not have scored centuries in Australia, England, and South Africa if I was not courageous enough. I don’t have to justify my performance to anyone,” Shafiq said while talking to reporters via video.

“This is his opinion but one needs to check stats while forming an opinion on any player,” he added.

Asad also accepted that he has not accomplished his goals as an individual and there is still a lot to do for Pakistan cricket.

“I have not accomplished my goals as an individual but still I always try to give my maximum efforts. I have mostly batted at number six spot in my career where a batsman can not play long innings and it is difficult to convert half-centuries into big centuries but now I have better opportunity to score big as I am batting at number fifth spot,” he maintained.

Asad also hailed Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) decision of taking online fitness Tests of centrally and provincially contracted players.

“It was a great step by PCB because we won’t be getting any extra time to prepare ourselves before any series after the pandemic will end. As a professional, it is our responsibility to stay ready in any situation” he added.

On the question about former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed’s selection, the Karachi-born said that he can not answer on his selection. “About any player’s selection, I can not form any answer as selectors are there but he [Sarfaraz] has worked tremendously well on his fitness in the last six months. I have best wishes for him that he will soon make a comeback in the Pakistan team as a better athlete and performer,” he added.

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