The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to withdraw Pakistan fast bowler Naseem Shah from the U19 world cup squad, the senior team management not in favor of releasing him for age-group cricket. The junior team management, understandably, wants the star fast bowler freed up for the world Cup, as originally planned.
ESPNcricinfo understands that the Under-19 team is awaiting Shah, who was named in the World Cup squad on December 6 after making his Test debut in Australia last month, to join up together with his team-mates, who are at a preparatory camp in Lahore since November 25.
The issue at the moment is the senior team’s next assignment: a multi-format home series against Bangladesh, which is far from confirmed yet given the visiting team’s stated unwillingness to play Test cricket in Pakistan. If the Test matches – the only format Shah has played so far at the international level – do take place, they need to be in early February. The last T20I against Bangladesh is scheduled for January 27, and the PSL begins within the third week of February. The Under-19 World Cup , meanwhile, runs from January 17 to February 10.
“If it’s not Tests and only T20I against Bangladesh, then i feel they [the senior team] have many options to select from and may easily release Naseem, “said Ijaz Ahmed, Pakistan Under-19 head coach.
Pakistan, just like the other teams, can make changes to their squad till January 10 without fear about an ICC approval. then , players are often replaced only on fitness grounds and will require the approval of the ICC’s event technical committee.
As far as workload management thinks about, the senior team management had charted a course for Shah’s holistic development much before his international debut. to it end, he has been asked to skip the ultimate of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy, where his side, Central Punjab, take on Northern from December 27 in Karachi. he’s firmly in Pakistan’s plans for the britain tour next year, too.
Shah’s Test debut in Australia was largely an experiment, with him having played only seven first-class matches prior. He had created quite buzz even before landing in Australia, with footage of his express pace from the domestic circuit going viral. He was named within the starting XI in the tour game against Australia A, too, but didn’t bowl within the first innings following the death of his mother. He, however, made quite impression with an eight-over burst in the second innings, picking up the wicket of Marcus Harris.