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Pakistan left-arm seamer Junaid Khan has admitted that he is angry with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and team management as he feels they have treated him unfairly.
Junaid was included in Pakistan’s initial squad for the World Cup, but was dropped at the last minute, along with all-rounder Faheem Ashraf and opener Abid Ali.
The trio were dropped so that left-arm seamers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir, and big-hitting middle order batsman Asif Ali could be added to the side.
Following his axing from the World Cup squad, Junaid posted a photo on Twitter, which has since been deleted, of him with tape over his mouth.
Along with the photo, Junaid said: “I don’t want to say anything. Truth is bitter.”
Delving deeper into why he posted the picture, Junaid, who last played for Pakistan in May, told The Nation: “When I was highly frustrated with the treatment rendered to me by the team management, I posted a picture of mine on social media as a soft protest. I was highly let down and was in huge pain, but no one from the PCB contacted me.
“A number of my fans and followers contacted me and convinced me to remove the post as it will bring a bad name to the country, so I removed it. Obviously, as a Pakistani and a cricketer, I will never do something which is against my country.
“With the arrival of (PCB) managing director Wasim Khan and new management, I am hopeful of getting justice and the opportunity to represent Pakistan again. I had countless offers in England to play full-time league cricket, but I always put Pakistan way ahead of my personal ambitions.
“As a Pakhtoon, I reacted somewhat not in suitable way and I do agree with that, but if one puts himself in my place, he will understand the problem I had been facing.
“I have taken a lot of crucial wickets for Pakistan and helped [the team] win countless matches. I [have] always given 100 percent and people must understand that I have played a majority of my cricket on [slow tracks in] UAE, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Even then my performances are no secret. If I had played on bouncy tracks in Australia, South Africa or England, I could have taken loads more wickets.
“I have played 22 Test matches and only one in South Africa. If we talk about One Day Internationals, I was the sixth-fastest to [take] 100 wickets. I had played only two series in England and South Africa, while [the] rest of my ODIs [came] in UAE, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
“I am sure he (Wasim) will live up to his commitments and provide justice to the ignored players who have served Pakistan cricket for years. I am keen to perform well in domestic cricket and earn a call-up [to the] national team.”