Pakistan youngster Naseem Shah has been withdrawn from the youth squad that will compete in the upcoming ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020, starting on 17th January.
The 16-year-old right-arm fast bowler Naseem Shah has already impressed in the international cricket, after making his Test debut in last November. During the Test series in Australia, Naseem made his international debut at Brisbane. Making his Test debut at the age of 16 years and 279 days, he became the youngest Test cricketer to play against Australia. After playing three Tests, the lad has picked up eight wickets, including one five-wicket haul.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the 15-member squad for the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2020 in early December 2019. South Africa will host this youth tournament between 17th January and 8th February 2020. Meanwhile, Bangladesh is also set to travel to Pakistan for the international series that is likely to begin in late January 2020. Due to the clash of U19 CWC and home international series against Bangladesh, it was a tough call for the board about youngster Naseem.
However, finally, the board has decided to withdraw Naseem Shah’s name from the youth squad to make him available for the senior team selection and providing a chance for another youngster.
Naseem Shah has recently broken that glass ceiling
On 31st December 2019, the PCB has withdrawn Naseem Shah’s name from the youth squad. Mohammad Wasim has replaced Naseem in the U19 CWC squad.
The PCB CEO Wasim Khan clarified, “The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is a stepping stone for future stars and a platform for budding youngsters to graduate to international cricket. Naseem has recently broken that glass ceiling and has established his credentials as an international cricketer. As such, the PCB has taken a pragmatic approach and decided to withdraw him from next year’s competition to provide this opportunity to another promising cricketer so that he can show his mettle and potential at a global stage.
“This should not deter Pakistan’s chances at next year’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup as the selectors have picked a side that is experienced and bubbling with confidence to perform strongly.”
Wasim Khan further spoke about Naseem Shah, who will continue to work on his skills under the bowling coach of the senior team, Waqar Younis.
Wasim added, “Naseem will now remain in Pakistan and continue to work on his skills under the watchful eyes of bowling coach Waqar Younis. Furthermore, he will remain available for the home series against Bangladesh.”