Few players are not welcome in that side': Pakistan star namedrops Usama Mir in explosive rant at Babar Azam's team
Pakistan faced a shock defeat at the hands of Afghanistan in the 2023 World Cup group stage earlier this week, leading them to the brink of elimination in the tournament. With two wins in five matches and a negative Net Run Rate (NRR), Babar Azam's men now face a herculean task of making a comeback – more importantly, two of their next oppositions, South Africa and New Zealand, are sitting comfortably in top-4 and have been performing strongly so far.But now, Pakistan's star batter Ahmed Shehzad has made a rather explosive claim on the dressing room bonding in Pakistan team.
Shehzad has claimed that select Pakistan stars receive preferential treatment, while the others are exposed in difficult situations on the field with an aim to later drop them from the XI. Shehzad made his claim during his appearance on ARY News, a Pakistan news channel.
I've talked to some players. Few players are not welcome in the dressing room. They aren't given the same level of treatment and confidence as some others. They try to keep certain players in the team and drop the others. Tayyab Tahir was brought in, he wasn't welcome, and was excluded. Saud Shakeel was brought in based on his Test performances. Usama Mir, we had been saying that give him chances before the World Cup to give him confidence... see, Usama is a wrist-spinner. He's more effective when the ball is old. And he is brought in the 11th over. They're trying to save certain players and expose these players instead,” Shehzad revealed.