Pakistan and Australia players wear black armbands to condole demise of Naseem Shah's mother
After consulting his family members in Pakistan, Shah decided to stay in Australia with the touring side due to the distance and time constraints.
Naseem Shah was elated after earning his maiden call-up for Pakistan. The teenager scripted his name into the records by becoming the ninth youngest player in Test history and the first 16-year-old to play a Test on Australian soil. Soon to make his international debut, Shah has been hit by heartbreaking news as he lost his mother on Monday night.
However, the teenage sensation, who is on the brink of making his Test debut, will stay in Australia. After consulting his family members in Pakistan, Shah decided to stay in Australia with the touring side due to the distance and time constraints. The pacer is part of the playing XI currently facing Australia A. But he has been pulled out of the ongoing three-day practice match following the news.
Players from both sides donned black armbands on Tuesday in respect of Naseem Shah’s mother. Shah is tagged as the next big thing on the international stage. Cricket.com.au has shared a tweet while expressing sympathy with Shah’s loss. “Heartfelt condolences to Nasim Shah and his family. Both sides are wearing black armbands today in respect to Nasim’s mother who passed away last night,” wrote on their official Twitter account.
Heartfelt condolences to Nasim Shah and his family ♥
Both sides are wearing black armbands today in respect to Nasim's mother who passed away last night.#AUSAvPAK
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 12, 2019
Naseem Shah scalped 26 wickets in six first-class games
Meanwhile, Shah has displayed his potential in first-class cricket. Known for his lethal bowling spells, the speedster has scalped 26 wickets in six first-class games so far. He caught the eye of selectors for his impressive performance in the domestic circuit. Pakistan will lock horns with Australia in the two-match Test series starting from November 21. The second Test is scheduled from November 29 to December 3.
Ahead of the Test series, Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq had stated that his side can make things tough for Australia if the batsmen post ample runs on the scoreboard. He also highlighted the recent form of Babar Azam and Iftikhar Ahmed and said that the team is hopeful of putting up a good show in Tests.
“Babar Azam is in good form, Iftikhar Ahmed is playing well, so the players are adjusting to the conditions. If we make a good number of runs in the Test matches, we have the bowling resources to give Australia a tough time,” said Misbah-ul-Haq as quoted by Pak Passion.