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Sport Pakistan left furious at Naseem age questions

18:01  22 november  2019
18:01  22 november  2019 Source:   wwos.nine.com.au

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Naseem 's true age was brought into question after Indian publication The Print accused him of "(growing) younger by the day". However, Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan was left furious at allegations that Naseem 's listed age was false, calling stories questioning his age

The Pakistan Cricket Board has rubbished suggestions that 16-year-old Test debutant Naseem Shah's age is not accurate after doubts were cast by an Indian publication.

Naseem's true age has been brought into question after an Indian publication called The Print accused him of "(growing) younger by the day".

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The publication also points to another article published in 2016 where West Indies great Andy Roberts was quoted as identifying "a young fast bowler by the name of Nasim" who was 16 years old in Pakistan.

Doubters of Naseem's true age have also brought up a tweet from Pakistani journalist Saj Sadiq from December 2018, where Sadiq identifies the fast bowler as being 17 years of age.

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Pakistan have slammed questions about the age of debutant Naseem Shah on the day the teenager made his much-anticipated Test debut against Of course, age does not matter when it comes to playing international cricket - and Naseem is clearly a talent, as he demonstrated by clocking more

Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has no concerns about throwing 16-year-old quick Naseem Shah into the Test cauldron in Brisbane.

a man swinging a racket at a ball: The PCB has leaped to the defence of Naseem Shah after doubts were cast about his true age© Getty The PCB has leaped to the defence of Naseem Shah after doubts were cast about his true age

However, Pakistan Cricket Board CEO Wasim Khan was left furious at allegations that Naseem's listed age was false, calling stories questioning his age "absolute rubbish".

"You only need to look at his face," Khan told The Tonk.

"He's hardly got any growth on his face. In terms of that, people question it no doubt, just because of his age and the fact that he's a mature lad and the fact that he's playing international cricket at this age.

"But the bottom line is he's 16 years old and he's playing. We don't really care what India think."

Pakistani cricketers are no strangers to dubious ages, as revealed by legendary all-rounder Shahid Afridi in his recently-released autiobiography Game Changer.

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Although Pakistan lost the match on Sunday, Naseem Shah stole headlines and hearts with his searing pace - consistently clocking speeds in the In terms of that, people question it no doubt, just because of his age and the fact that he’s a mature lad and the fact he’s playing international cricket at this age .

Pakistan 's Naseem Shah became the youngest player to take a Test hat-trick as the 16-year-old achieved the rare Naseem soon left the action, reportedly for treatment, but Bangladesh Pakistan - who made 445 in their first innings - looked to be heading to an innings victory, with Bangladesh, on

Shahid Afridi famously made his international debut at just 16 years of age against Sri Lanka in 1996 Shahid Afridi famously made his international debut at just 16 years of age against Sri Lanka in 1996

Afridi burst onto the international cricket stage as a 16-year-old in 1996 when he blasted a record-breaking 37-ball century against Sri Lanka, but revealed that he was actually 19 at the time.

"Also, for the record, I was just nineteen, and not sixteen like they claim," he wrote.

"I was born in 1975. So, yes, the authorities stated my age incorrectly."

Pakistan is no stranger to gifting young cricketers opportunities in its international team, with the youngest debutant in Test cricket history, Hasan Raza,playing his first match at just 14 years and 227 days of age back in October 1996.

However, doubts have also been cast as to whether Raza was indeed 14 at all, with doubts about his birthdate and later medical tests resulting in the PCB withdrawing the record claim.


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