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PCB clarifies Naseem Shah’s age controversy

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has denied the news regarding pulling Naseem Shah out of the ICC U19 World Cup 2020 squad because of age controversy.

The Indian media and the Board Of Control Of Cricket In India (BCCI), a couple of weeks earlier, stated that the emerging fast-bowler from Pakistan, Naseem Shah, was withdrawn from Pakistan squad for the U19 World Cup because he was not a teenager and the PCB was hiding his real age.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that all the players who were included in the squad, did meet the age-criteria declared by the International Cricket Council (ICC)—the players who were born after 1st September 2000, were eligible to play in the tournament.

Naseem Shah’s name was included in the initial squad for the ICC U19 World Cup 2020, but later on, it was pulled out due to the request of the senior team’s management.

One of the PCB officials said,” Naseem Shah’s name has been withdrawn from the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup at the request of the management of the Pakistan Senior Cricket Team, and the reason is simple: to work with the national side to improve his skills.”

He added,” The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) expresses disappointment that attempts have been made to tarnish the reputation of the young cricketer, Naseem Shah, whose future is bright.”

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