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Naseem Shah ‘could win a Test match on his own’, says Misbah-ul-Haq


Former Pakistan skipper and head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has said that the England series will be a big opportunity for Naseem Shah to perform and excel. Insisting the teenage fast bowler he feels that the pacer “could win a Test match on his own”.

“This will be a huge opportunity for the young bowlers especially for Naseem Shah and Shaheen Afridi to perform and make names for themselves. Although England bowling has experience, yet the potential and quality that our bowlers have is no less than that of the opposition” Talking to the sports journalists during an online session held here on Monday, Misbah said.

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“I am confident that even our youngsters will deliver against England. In terms of potential, Shaheen, Naseem and Abbas have proved themselves in whatever cricket they have played so far and they have another big chance to prove themselves in these conditions and stamp their authority to show everyone that they belong at this level of cricket,” he added.

The head coach said he believes in the capabilities of Naseem Shah said that the youngster is a ‘complete bowler’, who can torment English side ahead of the first Test.

“Before going to Australia, Waqar Younis and me just saw Naseem in the Gaddafi Stadium and at that time, he just looked like a complete bowler. We could see the potential, but now we have got the evidence at international level. He has a hat-trick and five-wicket haul.

“If you see his experience and his cricket, the sample size is too small, but he’s already fulfilling his potential. He is one who could win a Test match on his own, so we are looking forward for him to emerge as a very good bowler in this series,” he asserted.

PCB has included three spinners, including Yasir Shah, Shadab Khan and Kashif Bhatti, in their extended 20-member squad for the series. Misbah also hinted at playing with two spinners in the first Test starting from August 5 at Old Trafford.

“Our side could look to exploit the traditional turn of the Old Trafford playing surface to make an early impression on the series.

“The Manchester wicket is just as it was for the England-West Indies match. It had spin from day one. We are keeping an eye and could consider playing two spinners, although there is time yet. We will take a final decision after analysing pitch and conditions further,” he said.

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