Ahmed Shehzad, who is currently out of the national team in all three formats of the game, talked to ARY News’ correspondent, Razia Desai exclusively and shared his experience of playing with the pink ball and scoring a half-century against West Indies in the side game.
Ahmed Shehzad emphasized on staying positive during the tough times and believe that whatever happens, happens for good. However, Shehzad accredited his friends and family to keep him motivated during the rough patch.
“I am very lucky that I have a family that never let me get negative, I have friends who are very positive about everything. It is what life is all about, it is all part of life. There are lots of ups and downs, but, you got to stay positive,” said Shehzad.
The 24-year old scored 52 runs off 130 deliveries against West Indies playing for PCB Patron XI, however, he believes that playing conditions in Sharjah were not ideal and if it was some other venue, his half-century would have been a ton.
“I have scored half a ton, but, it would have a ton in any other stadium. The kind of grass in the ground, you don’t get the full value of your shots. The ground is not prepared fully and the pitch was very slow,” he told, “Scoring half a ton in these conditions mean that you have done well,” he added.
He also shared his experience of playing with pink ball, “Sharjah is not known for very good lights, teams have been struggling here even with the white ball.”
“It was the first time I have played here with the pink ball and I am finding it a tough, but, it is a good thing to have, things are changing, world is moving, so there is nothing wrong to have a pink ball.”
“At the end of the day, it is cricket for us, it is passion for us, but, you got to entertain the crowd and somehow the day/night matches will push the crowd to fill the stadiums.”
Ahmed Shehzad did not comment much on the question regarding the competition for the opening slot and making a comeback, all he had to say was that he is playing cricket and focusing on his game.
Shehzad told that he has been working hard on his fitness and he feels he is very much fit. He also said that he is waiting for his opportunity, if he gets one, he will grab it with both hands, otherwise, he will look score runs in domestic.
“All I want, is to play cricket, where ever it is, I love playing cricket and I will keep on playing,” said Shehzad.
Talking about the new head coach of the national side, Mickey Arthur, he said, ”I have not interacted much with Mickey (Arthur), but, the way team is doing, I think he is doing a wonderful job and I so want to be in that dressing room,” he stated.