Pakistan’s current bowling coach Waqar Younis has backed young paceman, Naseem Shah, to bounce back, having disappeared from the national set-up briefly now. Naseem Shah debuted for the national team in November 2019 and got touted as one of the most promising fast bowlers of the country. Waqar Younis expects the right-arm speedster to come back stronger and better as he is one for the future.
Naseem Shah was touted not only as one of the best pacers but amongst the fastest. The 18-year old has so far played only Test cricket, having played nine so far and grabbed 20 wickets at 42.45 alongside a five-wicket haul. But Naseem endured a forgettable outing in his most recent Test at the Hagley Oval against New Zealand, going wicketless in 26 overs and conceding 141 runs.
Waqar Younis conceded that Naseem Shah is a promising young fast bowler and remains confident that he would comeback after faring well in the domestic circuit. The former Pakistan captain also admired their bowlers after their white-series victories in South Africa, saying they are getting better and acknowledges that bowlers can suffer as tracks are flat favour batsmen quite a lot.
“He is a very promising young fast bowler and we are confident that after playing some more domestic cricket he will come back stronger and better. He is one for the future. They are getting better and better. The T20 format is so fast-moving and the type of tracks you get sometimes bowlers suffer. I think it’s a mix and match as long as you are winning matches no need to worry,” Younis said as quoted by Hindustan Times.
Waqar Younis hopes for Pakistan to build a good bunch of bowlers ahead of the T20 World Cup:
Waqar Younis believes that fatigue is not the issue for Pakistan players as they received rest after Pakistan Super League. The 49-year old highlighted that they intend to try as many bowlers before some crucial series, including the T20 World Cup to give the team the best chance of competing.
“All the boys got rest after PSL postponement so fatigue is not a problem with them but we will sit down and discuss with them as we monitor every bowler. Of course we will try out other bowlers as we need to build a bunch of pacers for upcoming series and tournaments including the World T20,” he added.