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Naseem Shah to join Pakistan’s U19 World Cup preparations


Pakistan 16-year old fast bowler Naseem Shah is expected to join with the Pakistan U19 team for the preparations for the U19 World Cup to be played in next year.

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Naseem Shah is the latest addition to the Pakistan national team. The fast bowler has impressed in the domestic circuit and got his maiden call-up to the team for the recently completed Australia tour.

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The young fast bowler had a decent warm-up game against Australia A even though he didn’t bowl in the first innings of the match due to the death of his mother. In the first Test, he got David Warner twice, but unluckily one was on a no ball. Due to the lack of wickets in the first Test, he was dropped for the Adelaide Test.

Now the latest news on the bowler is he will join Pakistan’s preparations for the U19 World Cup to be played in next year. According to the head coach of Pakistan U19 team, the fast bowler will spend more time with the U19 team than with the national team.

“He is my main weapon and I need him there at the World Cup,” Ijaz Ahmed, the head coach of the Pakistan Under-19 team, told ESPNcricinfo. “He now has a taste of international cricket and now, at the home [Test] series against Sri Lanka, we are mainly banking on spinners. Pakistan have [Mohammad] Abbas and Shaheen [Afridi] to lead the fast-bowling attack according to the conditions.

“I feel he [Shah] for now should only be used in conditions like in New Zealand, England, etc, when needed. For now, we have a very important event coming up in South Africa and he is very handy for me and I will ask Misbah [ul-Haq, the chief coach and selector] to release him.”

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