After being on the headlines for various reasons in the recent Pakistan tour to Australia, Naseem Shah once again became the talk of the town, as the board want him to participate in the upcoming ICC U19 World Cup 2020. For the same, he will train with the youngsters to prepare for the global event.
The young man made his Test debut at the age of 16 and became the youngest Test cricketer to do so in Australia. He didn’t have a successful outing in terms of wickets but impressed many greats with his fiery pace and control over his line. Shah is a talent worth getting excited about and one to watch out.
Meanwhile, the training camp for the U19 team is to be held at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore, which will commence from Monday and will last six weeks. Reportedly, the players who are currently away with other teams will rejoin after fulfilling their commitments. Meanwhile, Misbah-ul-Haq also gave the green signal to release him from the senior team.
Naseem Shah is my primary weapon – Ijaz Ahmed
The head coach of the junior team stated that the senior team got the likes of Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Abbas to fill the fast bowling unit in the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka while Yasir Shah and the spinner will bowl the significant part of the series. Thus, he wants the board to release Naseem Shah, which was granted.
“He is my main weapon and I need him there at the World Cup,” Ijaz Ahmed, the head coach of the Pakistan Under-19 team, told ESPNcricinfo. “He now has a taste of international cricket and now, at the home [Test] series against Sri Lanka, we are mainly banking on spinners. Pakistan have [Mohammad] Abbas and Shaheen [Afridi] to lead the fast-bowling attack according to the conditions.
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The upcoming u19 world cup set to be played in January. Naseem Shah, who have just seven first-class matches under his belt, made an impact during Pakistan’s two-Test series in Australia. He picked David Warner as his maiden wicket in the Test format of the game.