I do not fear Root, Stokes: Naseem Shah
Pakistan’s young sensation Naseem Shah will be in charge of managing England star batsmen Ben Stokes Joe Root in the Test series starting at 4pm Bangladesh time on Wednesday (August 5).
However, he is not panicking even in the face of such a big test. Rather he is prepared for any situation.
In an interview with Inews.co.uk on Tuesday, Naseem said,
“Joe Root and Ben Stokes are two cricketers I rate highly, and it will be great to test myself against them. I respect good players, but I do not fear them. I will show them respect, but I will not let them dominate and I will not think that these guys are really good, world-class cricketers and that I should be concerned or worried about bowling to them.”
Asked what he expected from the Test series, Naseem said, “I want to leave England this summer having created an impression on the opposition batsmen and with the fans. At the moment, they won’t know who I am, but hopefully, by the end of the tour they will know all about me.”
Naseem is not only emphasizing on learning from his team coaches and teammates to enhance his experience in international cricket. “Learning from your own coaches and team-mates is vital, but I feel that watching the opposition bowlers and learning from them is almost equally as important,” he said.
He added, “I’ll be observing the English bowlers very closely, to see how they bowl in home conditions. I’m a big admirer of Anderson who’s been such a brilliant bowler for so long. You don’t take hundreds of Test wickets without knowing what you are doing and to be around Anderson and have the opportunity to learn from him is something that I am not going to miss out on.”
Pakistan will have to fight desperately from the start to create a chance to win the Test against England. Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq warned the team before taking to the field. Pakistan will play a Test series against England at Old Trafford on Wednesday in a bio-safe environment, six months after the last Test. The bigger test for Pakistan is that England are not just playing at home, Joe Root’s side won by 2-1 against West Indies in the Test series a few days ago.
Many people think that Pakistan can throw a tougher challenge than West Indies in this series. Especially with captains like Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Asad Shafiq and Abid Ali. In the bowling department, Naseem and Shaheen Afridi can also destroy any batting line-up.
Pakistan captain Azhar Ali is satisfied with the preparations after their arrival in England. However, he also knows that England has the advantage of playing three Test matches against West Indies.