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PCB withdraws Naseem Shah from U19 World Cup 2020 squad

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to withdraw the name of teenage fast-bowler Naseem Shah from ICC U19 World Cup 2020 squad.

ICC U19 World Cup is scheduled to be played from January 17 to February 9, 2020, in South Africa.

The National Junior Selector Committee, headed by Saleem Jaffar, has named Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mohammad Wasim Jnr as Naseem Shah’s replacement.

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Mohammad Wasim Jnr picked up three wickets each in the ACC Asia Cup and on the South Africa tour. The 17-years-old also bagged seven wickets on Sri Lanka tour recently. In Pakistan domestic circuit, Wasim Jnr played one U19 match in which he grabbed three scalps. He also has seven wickets to his name in three U19 three-day games.

As quoted by The News International, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Wasim Khan said, “The ICC U19 Cricket World Cup is a stepping stone for future stars and a platform for budding youngsters to graduate to international cricket. Naseem has recently broken that glass ceiling and has established his credentials as an international cricketer.”

Wasim Khan continued,” As such, the PCB has taken a pragmatic approach and decided to withdraw him from next year’s competition to provide this opportunity to another promising cricketer.”

He further added, “The withdrawal of Naseem Shah should not deter Pakistan’s chances at next year’s ICC U19 Cricket World Cup as the selectors have picked a side that is experienced and bubbling with confidence to perform strongly.”

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