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Pakistan opener Ahmed Shehzad has revealed that he intends to draw inspiration from iconic India batsman Sachin Tendulkar in order to regain his spot in the national team.
Shehzad is currently playing for the Quetta Gladiators in the ongoing Pakistan Super League (PSL), but last year, he was banned for five-and-a-half months for violating the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) anti-doping rules twice.
The 27-year-old last played for Pakistan in June 2018, but has made a solid start to his PSL campaign, where he has accumulated 153 runs in five matches, which includes two half-centuries, at an average of 38.25.
While he knows that his road back into the national team will be a tough one, he insisted that he will follow the advice he received from Tendulkar.
“I had a talk with Sachin and he was stressing that you should not regret,” Shehzad was quoted as saying by Gulf News. “In his interviews also, he has said that one should do so much hard work that there shouldn’t be any regret. I have tried to do that.
“As a Muslim, you believe that things will happen as per the wishes of Allah but if your process is good and giving 110 percent then that’s what is important.
“I’m confident that I can come back into the Pakistan team. That’s one thing that one shouldn’t forget and I have learnt that from a young age.”