West Indian hard-hitter Chris Gayle has tweeted in support of Pakistani opener and his Jamaica Tallawahs teammate Ahmed Shezhad who was dropped by the PCB ahead of Pakistan’s tour of Bangladesh.
The 23-year-old has been dropped from the squad for the Test and ODI series, while Umar Akmal has been dropped for the entire tour following disciplinary complaints.
Gayle, who is also Ahmed’s senior in Jamaica Tallawahs, playing in the Caribbean Premier League, expressed himself on Twitter saying, “Heard u been drop @iamAhmadshahzad …I know you’re not a bad boy to be drop for discipline… Come on Pakistan, don’t waste this talent”.
Responding to Gayle’s Tweet, Ahmed Shahzad also said, “@henrygayle thanx for the kind words bro!! U big player urself:)”.
Pakistan Cricket Board’s new selection committee is headed by Haroon Rasheed, who has reiterated the importance of discipline in the team.
He said, “There will be no compromise on discipline and that’s why we have dropped Umar from all formats and Ahmed Shahzad from two”.
Pakistan’s head coach Waqar Younish also complained about the lack of discipline from the youngsters Umar Akmal and Ahmed Shahzad during the World Cup 2015 campaign, which reached an end during the quarter finals.
During the World Cup Umar Akmal managed to score 164 runs in 7 matches while Ahmed Shahzad managed 222 runs.
Pakistan’s upcoming tour to Bangladesh will start after the side reaches Dhaka on April 13th.