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As Pakistan is set to resume cricket with the Test series against England in August, Naseem Shah is excited to face England’s batting line up. He has warned them and said that they shouldn’t underestimate him by seeing his age.
Naseem Shah made the debut for Pakistan in the Test series against Australia last year. He could not enjoy much success in that series, but he marked his entrance this year against Bangladesh at home. He claimed his maiden Test hat-trick against Bangladesh and became the youngest bowler (16 years and 311 days) to do so.
Naseem Shah warns England:
The 17-year-old will play the third Test series of his career against England when Pakistan tours England in July to play the three-match Test and T20I series. He said that the experienced England team should not judge him by his age. He believes that it would be a “big loss” for the host, if they think him of as a kid.
“If they treat me like a small kid, it will be their big loss,” he said.
“Age doesn’t matter, it’s my bowling that matters — so they need to take me seriously.”
Naseem Shah said that he would work more on his speed, which is his forte. He will also work to bring variations in his bowling, but he is focused on increasing his pace.
I want to emulate the greats of cricket: Naseem Shah
“Speed matters and I will continue to make efforts to attain maximum speed. On top of that, if I succeed in making the ball swing and reverse at that pace, it will definitely put pressure on the batsmen,” said Naseem.
He desires to be counted among the top three fast bowlers in the cricket world. He believes that he can achieve this feat under the guidance of bowling coach Waqar Younis.
“I want to emulate the greats of cricket who dismantled many renowned batsmen with their pace and aggression. I want to emerge amongst the top three fast bowlers in the world and I believe there will be no better coach to teach me than Waqar Younis, who himself was one of the best,” Naseem Shah said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan will tour several weeks before the series starts to follow the quarantine period in England. A total of 29 players and 14 members will visit England.