Pakistan’s opener is looking to make a comeback to the national side after the difficult last few years. While speaking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview, Shahzad said that he has learned a lot from past experiences and will try to correct the mistakes he made. “The past two years have been tough for me but I have learned a lot in that span of time and hopefully this will prove beneficial in my upcoming years in cricket,” said Shehzad.
He has worked hard on his fitness during the time he spent away from the national team and he thinks that can help him prolong his career. “Bearing in mind my fitness and skills, I think I can represent Pakistan for another 12 years and that is not an exaggeration,” he added. Reflecting on the criticism on his off-field endeavors in the past, he says its a bit over the top.
As far as criticism regarding my off-field activities is concerned, I think I was really young at that time but I also feel that the things I was criticised for were trivial matters,” he stated. Thinking about his national career he adds that while the inexperience affected his cricket in the past, he has improved and is satisfied with how his career has gone.
“Back in the day I was a bit naïve which affected my cricket, especially in ODIs, but I have tried to put all of them behind and focus on prolonging my cricketing career,” he said. “I’m relatively satisfied with my career progression in Test and T20I cricket,” he claimed.
The 28-year-old spoke about the moment he regrets till date when he was banned for four months for testing positive for a banned substance. My positive dope test was one of the most disappointing moments of my life,” he said. “But I would like to give credit to PCB for offering guidance and helping me during that tough phase,” he concluded.