Every year, Pakistan continues to produce top-notch fast bowlers. They have never had any issues in that particular location. When it comes to fast bowling, they are embarrassed by their wealth.
Naseem Shah faces claims of age-fudging
A top-tier bowler is prepared to take the place of another. The same thing occurred when Pakistan and India clashed in Dubai’s opening game of the 2022 Asia Cup. Another youngster, Naseem Shah, made his T20I debut in place of their star fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi.
On his second delivery in his T20I debut, the 19-year-old bowler made an immediate impact by dismissing India opener KL Rahul for a golden duck. He came close to dismissing Virat Kohli in the same over.
Shah’s outstanding bowling performance with the new ball served as the cornerstone for his team’s amazing comeback. Even though Pakistan ultimately lost, Shah’s fantastic performance caused everyone to get up and applaud.
The right-arm pacer, who made his international debut at the age of 16, was already well-known on the international stage, but his performance against India solidified his status as one of the most promising young players in the world.
Those who had never seen him bowl before were shocked to learn that he was only 19 years old. His resilience and perseverance under trying situations belied his tender age.
People who looked up information about him online were shocked to learn what they discovered. People discovered an old tweet from Saj Sadiq, a renowned sports writer from Pakistan, dated 2018, in which he described the highly regarded pacer as a 17-year-old.
Nasim Shah, a highly regarded 17-year-old pace bowler who Quetta Gladiators signed for the Pakistan Super League, has a back ailment. In 2018, he tweeted, “He is back in training and expects to be healthy for PSL4 #Cricket #PSL4”.
The seasoned journalist has never cared to delete his old tweet or at least provide an explanation despite receiving a tonne of responses. It merely serves to demonstrate that there was no typo.
If the information in his tweet is accurate, the pacer has lied about his age and has had it reduced by two years. Shah’s old tweet deviates from the verified documents, which claim that Shah is still an adolescent.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has a zero-tolerance stance against age fraud, which is a serious offence. However, this is not the first instance of its like to emerge from Pakistan.
Normal individuals like you and I age with each passing year, but it appears that Pakistani cricketers have discovered a technique to turn back the hands of time and age more slowly.