It’s always the young blood that wins the show. And it has been proven once again with the 6 wicket haul of 16-year-old Naseem Shah.
He put this great performance up in the ongoing Quaid-e-Azam Trophy. Naseem Shah is playing for Central Punjab which was competing against Sindh at Faisalabad’s Iqbal Stadium.
Central Punjab set a 313-runs target for the opponent team in their first innings. However, with the incredible bowling of Naseem, Sindh was dismissed from the field in their first-round at 256. Sindh only got to play 74.4 overs as their 6 remaining wickets fell at the hands of Naseem Shah.
The young player’s 6-78 played a great role in granting a 249-run lead to Central Punjab after having played the second inning. Since the team remained at advantage of 56-runs from the first innings and scored 192-2 in its underway second inning on Wednesday. While 8 wickets are still standing.
With the solid lead, Central Punjab seems to have consolidated their position in the league.
The 16-year-old credits seniors for the bowling advice prior to the match.
“Prior to this match, I had spoken with Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis, and both had advised me to bowl longer spells and give my very best.”
16-Year-Old Naseem Shah Selected For Australia Tour
Naseem Shah despite being a young and under-experienced player has recently been named in the squad for T20 and Test tours of Australia. Misbah however, is not intimidated by the risks involved saying Naseem “could be a surprise package.”
The Head Coach and Chief Selector Misbah supported the move in a statement saying, “In all spells, he has bowled quick and his control with the ball is also good.”
Summed Up Scores Of The Teams
The team was all out at 313-runs playing 95.5 overs. The most contribution to the score was from Kamran Akmal who made 90 runs with 13 boundaries and 2 sixes. The second highest contribution comes from Ahmed Shehzad scoring 60 with 8 boundaries. Another significant contributor was Faheem Ashraf who at 52 remained not out.
On the bowling side, Naseem Shah took 6 wickets. While Ehsan Adil took 2. The other two were taken by Faheem Ashraf and Zafar Gohar.
In the second innings, Salman Butt and Azhar Ali are at a tie of scores with 90-runs. However, Salman Butt is still on the field.
Sindh in their first innings with all wickets gone scored 256. To which Fawad Alam has the highest contribution of 92 runs. While the other two were Saad Ali with 81-runs and Omair Bin Yousaf with 33.
However, the highest wicket-taker for team Sindh was Kashif Bhatti with 6 wickets. While Sohail Khan, Mir Hamza and Tabish Khan, took 2 wickets each.