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    Road ahead for Ahmed Shehzad

    He might not have lived upto expectations till now but there is no denying that he is the best opener available in Pakistan for all three formats.Definitely a setback for Shezzy that he has not been considered for T20WC.Mind you he is the only Pakistani batsman to score a century in T20Is.

    All his replacements have time and again proven to be worse than gully cricketers lacking common sense.Mukhtar Ahmed, Bilal Asif, Riffatullah Mohamand, Nasir Jamshed, Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor and a plethora of other disgusting hacks have somehow convinced PCB that they will perform in their nth return while a superior out of form batsman in Shehzad is dropped to accomodate them.

    Shehzad has not been himself ever since he was struck in the head by a Corey Anderson bouncer.PCB mishandled the situation and rushed him into the team.People seem to forget this and hurl abuses at him after every failure.FGS he is only 24 with 10 international tons.

    The omission, however, can be a blessing in disguise for Shehzad as he will get a much needed break from cricket.His next target should be to secure a place for the test series in England.Slog for hours in nets, score truckload of runs in FC, approach mentors, watch videos of his batting and ironout all technical flaws.....just by any means necessary.The current openers Masood and Hafeez will likely fail in the warm up games too and that is going to be Shehzad's best chance to stage a comeback.Upto Shezzy now

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    He is not best opener available in all formats.

    Hafeez has outperformed him in every format in last one year

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    I hope the road ahead is filled with more self-reflection than self-projection..

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    Needs to work on his shortcomings. Not good enough with likes of Hafeez and Babar in top order with Fakhar etc knocking at the door


    Hard to get a handle on this double edged sword

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    A chance for him to lower his ego and expand his game.


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    I think, it will be quite easy for him. Technically, PCB has kept the easy road open for Shehzad. They have selected only 1 specialist opener in Manzoor with MoHa & Sarfraz being make shift arrangements. MoHa has opened in past, but there is a good chance that both Manzoor & Sarfraz fails as opener, which 'll again open the gate for Ahmed. Besides, compared to his 23, other 3 are 29, 30 & 35; which is possible only in PCB selection criteria.

    I think, it's an easy job for him - couple of good knocks in PSL + expected "performance" by PAK team in Asia Cup & WC - Ahmed should be back for next tournament; if it's in between the free slot of March to June (most likely against BD, ZIM, SRL or WI), he might go to UK as Sarfraz's deputy in T20 side. Just 1 different choice - Fakhar or/and Sharjeel (I would have picked both), it would have been different story for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    I think, it will be quite easy for him. Technically, PCB has kept the easy road open for Shehzad. They have selected only 1 specialist opener in Manzoor with MoHa & Sarfraz being make shift arrangements. MoHa has opened in past, but there is a good chance that both Manzoor & Sarfraz fails as opener, which 'll again open the gate for Ahmed. Besides, compared to his 23, other 3 are 29, 30 & 35; which is possible only in PCB selection criteria.

    I think, it's an easy job for him - couple of good knocks in PSL + expected "performance" by PAK team in Asia Cup & WC - Ahmed should be back for next tournament; if it's in between the free slot of March to June (most likely against BD, ZIM, SRL or WI), he might go to UK as Sarfraz's deputy in T20 side. Just 1 different choice - Fakhar or/and Sharjeel (I would have picked both), it would have been different story for him.
    Good post. If it'll be like the CT 2013 again, all the dropped players will get more chances.

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    Guys Hafeez is 35+.Shehzad is only 24.Hafeez is ridiculous in T20s as well and a burden in all formats outside Asia.

    Pre-injury Shehzad was better than Hafeez at his best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan of Technique View Post
    Guys Hafeez is 35+.Shehzad is only 24.Hafeez is ridiculous in T20s as well and a burden in all formats outside Asia.

    Pre-injury Shehzad was better than Hafeez at his best.
    Ahmed was never better than MoHa & I am a harsh critic of MoHa. MoHa played with 50/85 stats in Asia for 4-5 years in ODI - that's Viv'ish, if we consider his bowling, it's Sobers'ish. MoHa was a sitting duck mostly outside Asia, Ahmed hardly played there. Once set, MoHa is the most dangerous batsman from Pakistan in recent days - if he survives 35 balls, takes his SR close to 100; Ahmed needs 85 balls to reach that level of SR, even in his best days.

    Shehzad had the potential to play for PAK for 2 decades, but he didn't grow from a potential youngster. Backing by Afridi actually cost him in long run - he didn't develop his game & got dropped at wrong time. PCB didn't pick younger openers like Sharjeel, Fakhar, Sami or Nauman; therefore Ahmed might have a chance to make a comeback; but he 'll have to do that through performance; Afridi is gone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    I think, it will be quite easy for him. Technically, PCB has kept the easy road open for Shehzad. They have selected only 1 specialist opener in Manzoor with MoHa & Sarfraz being make shift arrangements. MoHa has opened in past, but there is a good chance that both Manzoor & Sarfraz fails as opener, which 'll again open the gate for Ahmed. Besides, compared to his 23, other 3 are 29, 30 & 35; which is possible only in PCB selection criteria.

    I think, it's an easy job for him - couple of good knocks in PSL + expected "performance" by PAK team in Asia Cup & WC - Ahmed should be back for next tournament; if it's in between the free slot of March to June (most likely against BD, ZIM, SRL or WI), he might go to UK as Sarfraz's deputy in T20 side. Just 1 different choice - Fakhar or/and Sharjeel (I would have picked both), it would have been different story for him.
    If Hafeez and Babar open they will probably perform


    Hard to get a handle on this double edged sword

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    If Hafeez and Babar open they will probably perform
    Hope Babar opens, but I think they 'll open with Manzoor & after he fails, they 'll try Sarfraz. Both likely to fail in T20, but if somehow one of them can bash us or Afghans or Indians just once - MoHa 'll go back to 3, Babar to 4 & Ahmed 'll make a come back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Hope Babar opens, but I think they 'll open with Manzoor & after he fails, they 'll try Sarfraz. Both likely to fail in T20, but if somehow one of them can bash us or Afghans or Indians just once - MoHa 'll go back to 3, Babar to 4 & Ahmed 'll make a come back.
    Let me continue. Babar at 5 and Akmal at 6. Oh god please open Babar and Hafeez. With Akmal and Malik at 3 and 4


    Hard to get a handle on this double edged sword

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliasad1998 View Post
    Let me continue. Babar at 5 and Akmal at 6. Oh god please open Babar and Hafeez. With Akmal and Malik at 3 and 4
    Akmal will bat at 3, Babar at 4 and Malik at 5.

    So basically if Akmal fails and we are chasing a target with required rate of 8 and above then it is game over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    Akmal will bat at 3, Babar at 4 and Malik at 5.

    So basically if Akmal fails and we are chasing a target with required rate of 8 and above then it is game over.
    I think it'll go like this with a prayer to Allah

    Hafeez
    Sarfraz
    Akmal
    Babar
    Malik
    Nawaz
    Imad
    Anwar
    Wahab
    Amir
    Irfan

    Astaghfirullah

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricfan14 View Post
    I think it'll go like this with a prayer to Allah

    Hafeez
    Sarfraz
    Akmal
    Babar
    Malik
    Nawaz
    Imad
    Anwar
    Wahab
    Amir
    Irfan

    Astaghfirullah
    You forgot the captain

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    Shehzad will come back after our pathetic failings in both the tournaments.I hope I'm wrong on both counts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan of Technique View Post
    He might not have lived upto expectations till now but there is no denying that he is the best opener available in Pakistan for all three formats.Definitely a setback for Shezzy that he has not been considered for T20WC.Mind you he is the only Pakistani batsman to score a century in T20Is.

    All his replacements have time and again proven to be worse than gully cricketers lacking common sense.Mukhtar Ahmed, Bilal Asif, Riffatullah Mohamand, Nasir Jamshed, Shan Masood, Khurram Manzoor and a plethora of other disgusting hacks have somehow convinced PCB that they will perform in their nth return while a superior out of form batsman in Shehzad is dropped to accomodate them.

    Shehzad has not been himself ever since he was struck in the head by a Corey Anderson bouncer.
    I can and will deny it.

    Ahmed Shehzad has never been anywhere near as good as Salman Butt. He has more chance of winning Miss Universe than scoring two fifties in Australia, let alone centuries.

    Shehzad used to flourish in ODIs and UAE Tests because there is zero live grass on the pitch and the ball doesn't move.

    But he has never had the technique to play straight or to leave balls in the corridor of uncertainty.

    He has only been fully exposed since the head injury, sure. But Zulfiqar Babar could score more Test runs in England than Ahmed Shehzad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMHS View Post
    Ahmed was never better than MoHa & I am a harsh critic of MoHa. MoHa played with 50/85 stats in Asia for 4-5 years in ODI - that's Viv'ish, if we consider his bowling, it's Sobers'ish. MoHa was a sitting duck mostly outside Asia, Ahmed hardly played there. Once set, MoHa is the most dangerous batsman from Pakistan in recent days - if he survives 35 balls, takes his SR close to 100; Ahmed needs 85 balls to reach that level of SR, even in his best days.

    Shehzad had the potential to play for PAK for 2 decades, but he didn't grow from a potential youngster. Backing by Afridi actually cost him in long run - he didn't develop his game & got dropped at wrong time. PCB didn't pick younger openers like Sharjeel, Fakhar, Sami or Nauman; therefore Ahmed might have a chance to make a comeback; but he 'll have to do that through performance; Afridi is gone.
    Partially agree with you.While Hafeez has been amazing with the bat in Asia, he has been ridiculous everywhere else.In 13 years of international cricket, he has only 2 hundreds outside Asia vs non-minnows.Ahmed has 3 already.Pre-injury he was good in Asia too.Hafeez scores faster but he is also terrible b/w the wickets on top of being a bottler.I think its pretty tight b/w the two in ODIs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Syed1 View Post
    You forgot the captain

    Lollllllll what did Freud say? ;) whoops

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    This could save his career.

    He is clearly not in the right frame of mind and would have inevitably failed big time and have notched another failed ICC tournament in his record.

    This saves him from embarassment.

    Hopefully he uses the time properly and works on his game.

    It is important for Shehzad to stop acting like a proper proficient batsman because that is leading to nowhere.

    His technique is terrible and has a limited shot range so it is important that he realises that his batting is not at par with proper bats like Kohli and Williamson and hence needs to adjust his game taking that into account

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    Quote Originally Posted by Junaids View Post
    I can and will deny it.

    Ahmed Shehzad has never been anywhere near as good as Salman Butt. He has more chance of winning Miss Universe than scoring two fifties in Australia, let alone centuries.

    Shehzad used to flourish in ODIs and UAE Tests because there is zero live grass on the pitch and the ball doesn't move.

    But he has never had the technique to play straight or to leave balls in the corridor of uncertainty.

    He has only been fully exposed since the head injury, sure. But Zulfiqar Babar could score more Test runs in England than Ahmed Shehzad!
    Maybe Butt WAS better than Shehzad.But so were Anwar, Inzi, Yousuf, Miandad and Zaheer.The problem is none of them are going to England this summer.Shehzad is.

    Secondly, I think Shehzad will manage a 30+ avg in Australia which quite frankly i think Pakistan should be delighted with.

    Technique is overrated and we saw highways in 3/5 tests in Ashes last year.He'll struggle no doubt but I'd still have him over Butt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricfan14 View Post
    I think it'll go like this with a prayer to Allah

    Hafeez
    Sarfraz
    Akmal
    Babar
    Malik
    Nawaz
    Imad
    Anwar
    Wahab
    Amir
    Irfan

    Astaghfirullah
    Your squad tells how poor selection it was - one of Imad & Nawaz (most likely) 'll be dropped for Afridi - if Umar doesn't score 50 of 30, PAK 'll struggle to chase 150 against BD. And that starting XI has 5 left arm bowlers & a leggi who doesn't turn

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    The Road to English summer has begun for Pakistan's best opener across all formats.
    Ahmed Shehzad, take a bow !!! A match winning 41 (31) vs Islamabad.Take that Haroon Rasheed

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    Quote Originally Posted by Titan of Technique View Post
    The Road to English summer has begun for Pakistan's best opener across all formats.
    Ahmed Shehzad, take a bow !!! A match winning 41 (31) vs Islamabad.Take that Haroon Rasheed
    This is his level. Should stick to hit and giggle domestic leagues.

    International cricket is not his cup of team where he has been failing nonstop

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    I really really think this could be the best thing that happens to Shezzy. But goodness he MUST take this time and like actually WORK! No pouting, no playing the victim - work and get better. He absolutely needs to.

    His career isn't over, and I really worry that instead of accepting this outcome, his fans will whine his way back onto the squad, probably right away, and he will have done none of the work that he really really should do.

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    Shehzad will be no different to any player dropped from the pakistan side, he will go back to playing domestic cricket and will score easy runs without breaking sweat and will earn a recall at sumpoint.

    Will any coaches work on his technic and inability to play with soft hands? No
    Will he work on his game and learn to rotate strike? No
    Will he improve his game against spin? No
    Will he practice taking selfies to post on instagram? Yes

    And above somes up why cricketers like shehzad who have played international cricket for 5+ years will remain a TTF.

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    He'll be back in the side as soon as the T20 world cup is over. Hafeez and Shehzad are clearly the best openers available from Pakistan's current bunch of players. He does have the technical flaw of getting tempted into fetching the short ball from outside off stump, but there are very few Pakistan players who don't have that fault, perhaps due to growing up on low bounce wickets.

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