Meet Naseem Shah and Musa Khan – Pakistan’s two new starlets for Australia tour
Team management might give them a chance in the XI in the upcoming tour.
Published - Oct 23, 2019 8:49 pm | Updated - Oct 23, 2019 8:49 pm
History has been in favor of Pakistan in terms of producing new talents in the segment of fast-bowlers. Just ahead of the series against Australia, Pakistan has announced two new names in the form of Naseem Shah and Mohammed Musa. The 16-year-old Naseem Shah has impressed the Pakistan selectors, with his impeccable performance in the domestic circuit.
Alongside the teenager, 19-year-old Musa too has shown a glimpse of his capability in the fourth season of the Pakistan Super League. The duo has certainly raised the standards of fast bowling for youngsters, and are putting the current pacers to test with their performances.
Naseem rose to prominence with a six-wicket haul in his debut match of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. With an action similar to the former Pakistani pacer Mohammad Sami, the right-arm pacer swung the ball right from the nose of the right-handers making him an interesting prospect for Pakistan. Further, with the ability to hit the seam and make the ball do the talking with the bounce, the right-arm seamer is just years before being a regular in the Pakistani outfit.
Naseem Shah’s breathtaking spell
Apart from his interesting action and express pace, Naseem has taken 17 wickets at an average of 18.70 and a strike rate of 38.9 with a six-wicket haul. With his speed around 90 mph, he can certainly cause a few chaoses in the minds of the Australian batters.
Musa, too, just like his counterpart possesses the genuine talent to be part of the playing XI for the national team. The right-arm seamer was impressive in the Pakistan colors when he played the U19 World Cup last year. While Shaheen Afridi has already gone on to represent the national team, his fellow seamer is in line to form a partnership with the left-handed sensation.
The 19-year-old has picked up 17 wickets in the seven first-class games that he has played. In comparison to Naseem, Musa’s career average of 37.52 and a strike rate of 56.4 is starkly low. However, for Musa, his performance has been well noticed by Pakistan’s chief of selectors Misbah-ul-Haq. This will give the bowler with a slingy action world of confidence, and could certainly put him in line for a debut against Australia later in the year.