ISLAMABAD - Test-discard flamboyant opener Ahmed Shahzad was given the keys of a villa at newly constructed Safari Villas, Chak Shahzad by Bahria Town administration for his remarkable performance in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League in a simple but impressive ceremony held Thursday.

While talking to the journalists Shahzad expressed his gratitude for Bahria Town administration for honouring him and promised to rectify his errors if provided with an opportunity to play for the national team in the World T20 in India. He confirmed that Pakistan Cricket Board had taken his passport and his hopes of making with the national squad looked highly bright.

When asked about his mixed performances for the national team over the last one-year or so, Shahzad said: “Yes I realised, I had committed few mistakes, but people must understand 3 or 4 bad performances doesn’t mean a player’s career is over or he is finished. It makes no sense of criticising a player for purple patch for short period of time. I would try to improve my on field behaviour and try my level best not to commit same past mistakes again.”

When asked about Pakistan teams’ dismal performance in the Asia Cup, Shahzad termed boys’ fail to handle the pressure and they misread the conditions and pitches. “Our top order flopped miserably but it is part of the game. Sometimes you despite putting extra efforts don’t give desired results.” He termed M Aamir’s form as much-needed boost to Pakistan hopes of doing well in the World T20.

Wehn asked about Imran Khan’s comments regarding PCB is run by non-professionals and majority of people at PCB helm of affairs including chairman are highly incompetent, Shahzad said: “Imran is a legend and I respect him, but in my personal opinion, people in the PCB are highly qualified and I enjoy excellent relations with PCB chairman Shahryar Khan. I don’t think, they don’t have the capability of running the affairs of the board. I believe all would be well when players start to perform and World T20 is the perfect stage for all to bounce back in style and win back the hearts and minds of the angry masses.”