Pakistan teenage pacer Naseem Shah has created a lot of buzz ahead of what could be his maiden Test for Pakistan if he’s announced in the playing XI for the first of the two-match test series against Australia that will get underway at The Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday, November 21.
Shah, who is just 16 years of age is touted to be an exciting prospect. He displayed his abilities during Pakistan’s warm-up game against Australia XI at the Perth Stadium on Wednesday, which ended in a draw as the tourists made a strong statement with the pink ball.
Shah, who did not bowl in the first innings, delivered a fiery spell of fast bowling that culminated in the teenager dismissing Marcus Harris (20) with a cracking bouncer that caught the left-hander’s edge. He ended with figures of 1-21 in the innings.
Shah could not have asked for a worse start to his Australia tour. The 16-year old lost his mother even before he could make his international debut. But the brave pacer decided against returning home and made a big impression with his bowling on Wednesday. The highly-rated pacer lived up to promise on his first outing for Pakistan against Australia A in the practice match in Perth.
The youngster bowled his heart out as he troubled Australian batsmen with his pace and length, many of whom are likely for the Australian national team in the upcoming series. Shah has the potential to be the next big name from Pakistan. He has the potential to wreak havoc in bowler-friendly conditions. Shah has played just six first-class games so far but it was enough for him to showcase his immense potential. In those games, he has already picked up 26 wickets, including two five-wicket hauls.
The teenager idolizes Shane Bond and Shoaib Akhtar. If he makes his debut in Australia, he will be the ninth youngest player in Test history and the youngest to feature in a Test on Australian soil.