Ahmed Shehzad claims he has utmost respect for Waqar Younis

Ahmed Shehzad tweeted claiming everyone witnessed how he respected former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis.

By Chaitan Papnai | Updated: Oct 14, 2015, 17:12 PM IST
Ahmed Shehzad claims he has utmost respect for Waqar Younis

New Delhi: A day after the controversial news broke that Ahmed Shehzad was the player who insulted former Pakistan coach Waqar Younis, which forced the latter to resign, the Pakistan batsman on Wednesday tried to clear the air.

Shehzad on Wednesday took to micro blogging site Twitter to say that he has always respected Waqar and few attention seekers are behind the controversy.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Not just Waqar bhai but eva1 witness it that how much i like&amp;respect him. But Few attention seekers trying to use his shoulders against me.</p>&mdash; Ahmad Shahzad (@iamAhmadshahzad) <a href="https://twitter.com/iamAhmadshahzad/status/653995989171355648">October 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">But sb i dnt want to say anything against u but u can come on twitter now n see it usf how much i hv love and respect 4m the world..And u ?</p>&mdash; Ahmad Shahzad (@iamAhmadshahzad) <a href="https://twitter.com/iamAhmadshahzad/status/653998825321791488">October 13, 2015</a></blockquote>

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It was former PCB chairman Ijaz Butt who had revealed the controversial news that Younis had resigned before the 2015 World Cup after being insulted by Ahmed Shehzad.

According to Butt, Waqar decided to step down after manager Naveed Akram Cheema (who has now resigned) reported the incident in the dressing room to the board.

Butt said he himself had advised the youngster to behave and build a cricket career for himself.

“I had told him (Shehzad) he was too much under the influence of Shahid Afridi and pandered to him. Waqar was very upset but I convinced him that it was not the right time to resign and he should continue,” Butt who was chairman from October 2008 to October 2011 said.