Ahmed Shahzad used to act like Afridi’s servant: Ijaz Butt

Lahore: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) former chairman Ijaz Butt on Tuesday said that Cricketer Ahmad Shahzad is too much under the influence of Shahid Afridi, sometimes he acts like Shahid Afridi’s personal servant and  even used to put shoes on Afridi’s feet in the dressing room.

Talking to a local TV channel Ijaz Butt said, Ahmed Shahzad once misbehaved with Waqar and insulted him calling him a “sifarashi” during a series. Waqar retaliated physically and the matter went to the Board.

After this insulting moment, National team’s head coach Waqar Younis had resigned before the 2015 World Cup after being insulted by Ahmed Shehzad.

“PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan told me about the incident and asked me to speak to Waqar to change his mind after he had submitted his resignation when the team returned home from a series,” Butt added

According to Butt, Waqar decided to step down after manager Naveed Akram Cheema (who has now resigned) reported the incident in the dressing room to the board.

Ironically, even during the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, media had reported about Shehzad, Umar Akmal and another player having problems with Waqar. After the tournament the head coach and captain Misbah-ul-Haq had recommended to the Board to sideline both the youngsters and tell them to play domestic cricket until they improve their cricket discipline and attitude.

Even recently Shehzad’s name cropped up during an inquiry into the Lahore team’s poor show in the National T20 championship with unconfirmed reports he had pressurised the Lahore captain Azhar Ali who is also the captain of Pakistan’s one-day squad.

Shehzad denied any wrong doing and said he was ready to face any inquiry.

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