ISLAMABAD/LAHORE – “I am fit and ready for service, despite my current and former bosses, coaches, leaders and teammates considering otherwise,” said Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Firdous Ashiq
Awan and Pakistan batsman Umar Akmal on Monday, while having separate exclusive conversations with The Dependent.
“I think I have been overlooked for others simply because of favouritism. Some would say realism and the need of the hour, but I say it is clear discrimination. I still have a lot to offer Pakistan,” added the recently replaced Special Advisor to the Prime Minister Awan and recently suspended middle-order batsman for Quetta Gladiators Akmal in their separate interviews.
During the interviews, Awan and Akmal confessed that their recent performances might not have been the best that they’ve offered in their careers but suggested that they deserve another chance.
“Not after years, immediately. I deserve another chance now. I agree that I haven’t been in form of late, and I haven’t been able to deliver the results that my captain asked from me, but that doesn’t mean you completely forget over a decade of performance at the highest level,” said Awan who first entered the federal cabinet as Federal Minister for Population Welfare in 2008, and Akmal who made his international debut in 2009.
“This is completely unjust and unfair,” they added separately.