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16-year old prodigy Naseem Shah set to make Test debut for Pakistan

The youngest player ever to debut at Test was Pakistan’s Hasan Raza at the age of 14 years, 227 days.

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16-year old prodigy Naseem Shah set to make Test debut for Pakistan
Naseem Shah. Photo: Fox Sports

Naseem Shah, the 16-year old prodigy who shook the Australian batsmen during practice match, is all set to become the youngest player to make a Test debut in Australia.

On Wednesday, Pakistan captain Azhar Ali confirmed that the teenager would be included in the visiting team for the first Test starting on Thursday at the Gabba.

Azhar Ali said,”We are definitely looking to play him. He’s bowling really well. We’ll announce the side tomorrow but he’s definitely going to be part of it.

“Not many players can reach that standard so early but there are exceptions and he’s one of them. We are all looking forward to him having a very successful career.

“When I saw him first I was so surprised … the control he had, the pace he had and on top of it all the temperament and the composure when he bowls is so exciting to see,”

the Pakistan skipper added.

A Test cap will make Naseem Shah to be only the third youngest fast bowler to debut in Tests and the youngest ever player to play the longest format against Australia, breaking Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh’s record.

Singh debuted against Australia at 17 years and 265 days in 1998.

The youngest player ever to debut at Test level was Pakistan’s Hasan Raza in 1996 at the age of 14 years and 227 days.

Facing such a young prospect amazed Australian skipper Tim Paine also. He marked it quite unusual to play Test cricket in such a tender age.

“I played against a few [16-year-olds] last week in club cricket. Certainly at Test level it’s a bit unusual but by the looks of him he looks a really exciting talent.

“Pakistan have got a knack of finding these young fast bowlers. He looks like another one that’s going to add to that rich history of fast bowlers they seem to produce,” he added.

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