Check the records first: Asad Shafiq takes a dig at Shoaib Akhtar

Pakistan middle-order batsman responds to former Pakistan speedster’s criticism

Check the records first: Asad Shafiq takes a dig at Shoaib Akhtar PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan middle-order batsman Asad Shafiq has responded to criticism by former speedster Shoaib Akhtar, with regards to his playing style in international cricket.

Akhtar had, earlier, stated that Shafiq could have been a better batsman if he was willing to dominate the opposition through courage and determination.   

“I would have not scored centuries in Australia, South Africa and England if I was not courageous enough. I don’t think I have to justify myself to anyone in this regard,” said Shafiq. “This is his [Akhtar] opinion but I think one should check the records before forming an opinion.”

The right-hander also added that, playing lower down the order also influenced his career trajectory.   

"I think I should've achieved more than where I stand in cricket right now. I batted at number six position, where a batsman can't play long inns. One can't score 15-20 test centuries playing at that spot. This is a wrong perception that I'm not an attacking batsman. Brisbane Test is an example," he said.

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He also backed the inclusion of former Pakistan captain and wicketkeeper-batsman, Sarfaraz Ahmed, in the national side.

“Sarfaraz Ahmed is a close friend of mine. I don’t know if he will make a comeback in the Pakistan side, but his presence will be beneficial for Pakistan side if he gets the nod from the selectors,” he said. “He is working hard to improve his fitness as well.”