KARACHI: Pakistan opener Ahmed Shahzad, in order to avoid strenuous training sessions in Brisbane, complained of pain in his left ankle.
Pakistan team spokesman has told media that all medical reports show Ahmed Shahzad is fit and therefore would play in the match against Zimbabwe on Sunday.
However, a local news channel has quoted inside sources that the opener only pretended to be feeling pain during strenuous training session.
“The team management is adamant that the players lift their game after below par performance and therefore they planned strict training sessions. Shahzad faked the injury to avoid the training,” a local news channel reported.
AFP adds: “Shehzad had tendonitis so we sent him for an MRI which is clear and he will be available for the Zimbabwe match,” the team spokesman said.
Shehzad scored 47 in the opening defeat against India but managed just one in Pakistan’s 150-run thrashing at the hands of the West Indies in Christchurch last Saturday.
Pakistan need a win to bolster their chances of reaching the quarter-finals and are currently bottom of Pool B.
Shehzad was one of eight players fined for breaching a curfew a week before the World Cup started.