Naseem Shah, who is a 16 years old speed gun, all set to make his Test debut against dangerous Australia in Brisbane. His inclusion is indeed a huge risk against the Steve Smith’ batting company.
Despite the fact that pacer has played only seven first class games, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali is backing Naseem Shah against other senior options for Gabba Test.
“He’s bowling really well,” skipper Azhar said while interacting with reporters in Brisbane on Wednesday. “We’ll announce the side tomorrow but he’s definitely going to be part of it.
“Not many players can reach that standard so early but there are exceptions and he’s one of them. We are all looking forward to him having a very successful career.
“When I saw him first, I was so surprised at the control he had and the pace he had and, on top of it all, the temperament and the composure when he bowls is so exciting to see.
The good thing about him is he’s very fit, I’ve captained him in first class matches so he has overs in his belt. I have no doubt in his fitness or his bowling.”
The 16-year-old schoolboy will be the youngest player ever to debut in Australia. Shah is set to face the batting machine Steve Smith. As of now Ian Craig holds the record as the youngest cricketer to make Test in Australia in Melbourne as a 17-year-old in 1953 versus South Africa.
Azhar further added that Naseem had been a bit shy when he first met up with team as he is young but he had started to open up a bit.
“He lost his mother last week and that was very tough for him but he bowled the next day (which) was a very hard thing to see,” Ali said.