Pakistan’s young cricketer Naseem Shah who is currently in Australia with his team was the talk of the cricketing globe of late. He shot to prominence after his fiery spell against Australia A at Perth two weeks ago and after which, the young bowler earned a place in the playing XI for the Gabba Test in Brisbane. With subtle bowling variations by extracting good bounce from the Perth wicket, he had accounted for Marcus Harris’ dismissal.
The youngster did pose a serious threat to Usman Khawaja by pitching in with short balls and had almost got his wicket during the passage of play. On the contrary, there has been a non-stop discussion about his age factor. He had received the Test cap last week in Brisbane at the age of 16. There were doubts whether his age is 16 or not and has sparked a heated conversation in media.
Doctors confirm that Naseem Shah is 16 years old
It should be noted that even former cricketers and sports’ personnel joined in the discussion in recent past days. Naseem Shah’s childhood coach Suleiman Qadir brushed aside the ongoing debate by adding it has been proved by doctors that Naseem is actually sixteen years old. He went on to add saying that, Naseem Shah has a birth certificate and a smart card.
“He has undergone Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) conducted bones tests and a panel of doctors had also confirmed his age. Yes, in the past I do agree that in the absence of birth-certificates the age of certain cricketers were questioned. But in the case of Naseem Shah, he already has a birth certificate and a smart card. In our country, Smart Card becomes a National Identity Card when a person crosses 18 and Naseem is still holding the Smart Card,” Suleiman Qadir said.
The young pacer bowled 20 overs in the game as he registered bowling figures of 1/68 as Pakistan lost the Test by an innings and five runs.