Posted a picture on social media as a token of soft protest, says Junaid Khan

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Pakistan left-arm pacer Junaid Khan has broke silence about his exit from the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 squad.

Junaid was included in the provisional squad for the mega event but was dropped after Pakistan’s miserable performance against England, just before the World Cup. Junaid Khan posted a picture of himself on Twitter, which was later removed, in which his mouth was taped as a symbol of protest against his exclusion. The picture contained a caption that said ‘I don’t want to say anything. The truth is bitter.’

While talking to The Nation, Junaid said “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, he added”

He said that with the arrival of MD Wasim Khan and new management, he is hopeful of getting justice and opportunity to represent Pakistan again.

Junaid also claimed that he could fill the void left by pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz,  who had shouldered the burden of the bowling attack for Pakistan.