Pace sensation Naseem Shah withdrawn from Pakistan U19 World Cup squad

Pace sensation Naseem Shah withdrawn from Pakistan U19 World Cup squad

Naseem will be available for the series against Bangladesh.

Naseem Shah
Naseem Shah. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

At just 16 years of age, it is nothing less than a dream come true for any cricketer to represent his national team. Over the years, very few cricketers have managed to achieve this feat. Naseem Shah is one of those few and has already made an impact at the highest level. He made his debut in November 2019 against Australia and has represented Pakistan in three Tests thus far.

Not only he picked up 8 wickets in four innings but also has a five-wicket haul to his name. With his pace, Naseem has impressed many. Keeping in mind that he has already got a huge breakthrough in his career, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to withdraw his name from the U19 World Cup squad. Instead, they decided to provide this wonderful opportunity to another young cricketer.

Mohammad Wasim Jnr to go to South Africa with the team

Instead of Naseem Shah, the PCB named Mohammad Wasim Jnr in the squad. In an official statement as per NDTV, the board said that it has taken a pragmatic approach since Naseem Shah has made an impact in the senior men’s team.

“The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is a stepping stone for future stars and a platform for budding youngsters to graduate to international cricket. Naseem has recently broken that glass ceiling and has established his credentials as an international cricketer,” PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan said.

“This should not deter Pakistan’s chances at next year’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup as the selectors have picked a side that is experienced and bubbling with confidence to perform strongly,” he added. Mohammad Wasim Jnr picked up three wickets each in the ACC Asia Cup and on the tour of South Africa. He has looked impressive thus far.

The upcoming edition of the U19 World Cup is to be played in South Africa in a few days. It will kick off January 17, 2020, and the final will be played on February 9, 2020. Wasim Khan also informed that Naseem Shah will stay in Pakistan and will try to nurture his skills under bowling coach Waqar Younis. Also, the youngster will be available for selection for the upcoming series against Bangladesh.

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