Teenage Pakistani pacer Naseem Shah recently made his international debut for his country against Australia at The Gabba. Even though Pakistan lost the Test by an innings, the young pacer received a lot of recognition for his performance from the cricketing fraternity. Australian opener David Warner described Naseem Shah as a 'superstar' in the making. However, there was a controversy regarding the cricketer’s age which has finally been clarified by his childhood coach.
Naseem Shah’s childhood coach Suleiman Qadir cleared all confusion regarding his age by making a hilarious Andy Roberts reference. In 2016, former West Indian cricketer Andy Roberts spoke about the pacer in an interview where he referred to Shah as a 16-year old. While speaking with the media, Suleiman Qadir said that Andy Roberts is not his father and Naseem Shah came to his academy four years ago when he was just 12. Qadir also added that Naseem Shah underwent bone tests from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and several doctors have also verified his age. Earlier, Mohammad Kaif had also taken a dig at Naseem Shah's age.
Australia are currently hosting Pakistan for a two-match Test series. The home team won the first Test at The Gabba by an innings and 5 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The second Test will be a Day-Night affair at the Adelaide Oval between November 29 and December 3.