In a heartbreaking news, Pakistan youngster Naseem Shah lost his mother on Monday night. Naseem Shah is currently in Australia for the upcoming two-match Test series against the hosts. The teenager is a part of the squad after earning his maiden call-up. As of now, the youngster is playing in the warm-up game against Australia A.
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It would be a big setback for the pacer who is just sixteen years old and is set to make his international debut on the tour. According to Pakistan team management, no decision has been made regarding Shah flying back home. Players from both the sides donned black armbands on Tuesday in respect of Naseem Shah’s mother.
Heartfelt condolences to Nasim Shah and his family ♥
Both sides are wearing black armbands today in respect to Nasim's mother who passed away last night.#AUSAvPAK
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 12, 2019
Naseem Shah, meanwhile, has the potential to be the next big name from Pakistan. The highly-rated fast-bowler has the potential to wreak havoc on bowlers’ friendly conditions. He has played just 6 first-class games so far but it was enough for him to showcase his immense potential. In those six games, he has already picked up 26 wickets including two five-wicket hauls.
“We are looking forward to him bowling in Australian conditions, which will give him some assistance with pace and bounce,” Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq said after arriving in Australia.
“Everyone is excited to get him in the team also and see how he bowls in Australia. It will help that he can bowl in good areas. He can bowl really well with the new and old ball. He is doing that in first-class already. We are looking forward to him putting the ball in the right areas at that pace, it could be a surprise packet,” he added.
Shah started playing gully cricket, appeared in U-16 regional trials where he claimed 32 wickets in 8 matches and subsequently cemented his place in Pakistan U-16 team. He played in the Asia Cup Under-19 team and then made his first-class cricket debut.