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Ex-Pakistan skipper Aamir Sohail has lashed out at opening batsman Ahmed Shehzad, saying he needs to be a better role model and has to “work on his performance on the field”.
Sohail’s criticism comes after media reports suggest that Shehzad tested positive for marijuana.
Should this be confirmed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Shehzad could face a two-year ban.
With this in mind, Sohail wrote in his blog for PakPassion: “Whilst it has not been made official but given his absence from the Zimbabwe bound squads, there is a very good likelihood that Ahmed Shehzad has been dropped due to an alleged doping offence.
“I feel that Ahmed Shehzad needs to work on his performance on the field but there is a more important principal at stake which is of being a role model to youngsters and such incidents don’t help that cause.
“Ahmed Shehzad should take his responsibility as a role model very seriously and if he doesn’t then the PCB needs to take stern action.”
However, Sohail also took aim at batsman Umar Akmal, who has found himself in hot water regularly as of late.
In addition to this, Akmal also alleged that he has been approached to fix games in the past.
“It’s not just him but the likes of Umar Akmal also need to be pulled up and told what is expected of them,” Sohail wrote. “Both players need to be put in a rehabilitation programme whereby they are given advice and the chance to fix themselves before it’s too late.”