Junaid breaks his silence on World Cup snub
Junaid Khan was named in the 15-man squad for the World Cup, but he was later axed when the final 15 names were announced.
After announcing the World Cup squads, the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave a deadline for making changes in the squad and it was almost certain that some players will be heartbroken after the changes. And Pakistan fast bowler Junaid Khan was one of them, who was left out from the squad after announcing the final squad.
Junaid also protested it in a silent manner as he took to social media and posted a picture of himself – his mouth taped with a caption – “I don’t want to say anything. Truth is bitter.”
Meanwhile, in an interview with The Nation, Junaid opened up on how he felt after being left out.
“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 token of 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 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.”
However, the fast bowler is still hopeful that he will get opportunities under the new team management.
“With the arrival of MD Wasim Khan and new management, I am hopeful of getting justice and 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,” he concluded.
Junaid has played 76 ODIs so far for Pakistan and took 110 wickets including a best of 4/12.