The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has withdrawn fast-bowler Naseem Shah from next month’s ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup to be played in South Africa from January 17 to February 9.
The National Junior Selector Committee, which is headed by Saleem Jaffar, has named Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Mohammad Wasim Jnr as Naseem’s replacement.
Wasim Jnr took three wickets each in the ACC Asia Cup and on the tour of South Africa, while he bagged seven wickets on the tour of Sri Lanka. On the domestic circuit, he played one U19 one-day match in which he bagged three wickets, while he snapped up seven wickets in three U19 three-day matches.
PCB Chief Executive Wasim Khan revealed that the reason behind the decision was to create more opportunities as the teen pacer “graduated” from the U19 fraternity through his skill.—Agencies