Mohammad Kaif
Mohammad Kaif (Credits: Twitter)

After drawing praise from all over for his undeniable talent, Pakistan’s youngster Naseem Shah has started drawing attention for all the wrong reasons. The highly-rated ’16-year old’ made his debut this week in the ongoing first Test against Australia at the Gabba. Naseem Shah was catching everyone’s attention with his pace and length in recent times before earning his maiden call-up.

He finally bowled for the first time in international cricket on Friday and made an immediate mark. The right-arm pacer troubled the likes of Joe Burns and David Warner with his extreme pace. The teenager, in fact, could have had his first wicket in just his seventh over when he had Warner edge one behind the stumps. However, replays showed that he had marginally overstepped.

Also Read: Watch – Naseem Shah’s Fiery First Over At The Gabba

Mohammad Kaif trolls Shah:

Amidst all these, Shah has landed in controversy for allegedly hiding his real age. Questions are being raised on his age as many think that he is not 16 but is much older. Fans are coming up with old articles and data to back their claims. A piece published in Pakistan’s Dawn quotes West Indian fast bowling great Andy Roberts speaking about Naseem, “I must say that I very much liked a young fast bowler by the name of Naseem. He is just a 16-year-old.”

Naseem Shah
Naseem Shah (Credits: Twitter)

While Roberts was spot on with his assessment, the only problem was that he said the same way back in 2016 when Naseem Shah should have been 13 as per the papers. There are also tweets and YouTube videos in which, as a part of Quetta Gladiators squad, Shah is mentioned as a 17-year-old. And now former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif has trolled the bowler too.

Kaif re-tweeted a message from Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq where the latter said that the pacer is 17-year old and cheekily wrote:

“Looks a terrific prospect. But is 16 now, aging backwards i think”