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Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad has called on people not to compare him to Umar Akmal, saying “I should be judged on what I do and he on his own conduct”.
Shehzad and Akmal have both been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons over the past few years.
Last year, Shehzad was banned after testing positive for a prohibited substance, while Akmal claimed that he was approached to engage in spot-fixing during his side’s clash with India during the 2015 World Cup.
In 2017, Akmal accused then head coach Mickey Arthur of verbally abusing him and banning him from training at the National Cricket Academy.
With both players having had their fair share of trouble off the field, Shehzad insisted that he and Akmal should not be “lumped together as a duo”.
“He has his own life, I have mine. I request that we be not get lumped together as a duo,” he was quoted as saying by The News International. “I should be judged on what I do and he on his own conduct. It would also be unfair on him if I were to make a mistake but the blame was to fall on him.
“Sometimes [the critics] get too harsh. Sometimes it feels like I have come from elsewhere or I am not from this country. I have no idea why people are so annoyed with me. I have always tried to improve myself.”