Naseem Shah set to create history

Brisbane (20th Nov, 2019): Pakistan’s 16-year-old pacer Naseem Shah is all set to make his Test debut in the first of tw0-match series against Australia in Brisbane.

The visiting team’s captain Azhar Ali revealed, in a press conference on Wednesday, that Naseem will be part of Pakistan’s lineup for the first Test.

“We are definitely looking to play him,” said Azhar. “He’s bowling really well. We’ll announce the side tomorrow but he’s definitely going to be part of it.”

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Naseem will create history as soon as he steps onto the field by becoming the youngest player to make a Test debut in Australia.

Naseem, whose mother died last week, has only played seven first-class games, but impressed with a fiery eight-over spell against Australia A in Perth in the build-up.

Azhar also heaped praise on the rookie pacer by admiring the talent he possessed with the ball.

“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,” he said. “When I saw him first I was so surprised … the control he had, the pace he had and on top of it all the temperament and the composure when he bowls is so exciting to see.”

Meanwhile Australia captain Tim Paine also believes that Naseem is a really exciting talent and he was looking forward to playing against him.

“I played against a few [16-year-olds] last week in club cricket. Certainly at Test level it’s a bit unusual but by the looks of him he looks a really exciting talent. Pakistan have got a knack of finding these young fast-bowlers. He looks like another one that’s going to add to that rich history of fast-bowlers they seem to produce,” said Paine.

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