Naseem Shah (Urdu, Pashto: نسیم عباس شاه; born 15 February 2003) is a Pakistani international cricketer.[2][3] In October 2019, at the age of 16, he was called up to the Pakistan cricket team for their Test series against Australia.[4] He made his international debut for Pakistan in November 2019 against Australia, becoming the ninth-youngest player to make his debut in Test cricket.[5] In December 2019, in the second Test match against Sri Lanka, he became the second-youngest bowler to take a five-wicket haul in a Test match, and also the youngest pace bowler to do so.[6] In February 2020, in the first Test against Bangladesh, he became the youngest bowler to take a hat-trick in a Test match.[7][8]

Naseem Shah
Shah in 2020
Personal information
Born (2003-02-15) 15 February 2003 (age 21)
Mayar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)[1]
BowlingRight-arm fast
RelationsHunain Shah (brother)
Ubaid Shah (brother)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 237)21 November 2019 v Australia
Last Test24 July 2023 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 237)16 August 2022 v Netherlands
Last ODI10 September 2023 v India
T20I debut (cap 96)28 August 2022 v India
Last T20I9 June 2024 v India
Domestic team information
2018/19Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited
2019/20-2023Central Punjab
2019–2023Quetta Gladiators
2021St Kitts & Nevis Patriots
2024Islamabad United
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 17 14 20 29
Runs scored 102 31 35 200
Batting average 7.28 31.00 25.00 7.69
100s/50s 0/0 0/0 0/0 0/0
Top score 18 18* 14* 31
Balls bowled 2,856 695 427 4,265
Wickets 51 32 24 93
Bowling average 33.82 16.96 34.66 27.51
5 wickets in innings 1 2 0 4
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 5/31 5/33 3/21 6/59
Catches/stumpings 5/– 2/– 1/– 6/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Pakistan
T20 World Cup
Runner-up 2022 Australia
Asia Cup
Runner-up 2022 UAE
Source: Cricinfo, 12 January 2023

Early and personal life


Naseem hails from Mayar Jandool, a town in the Lower Dir district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan and was born into a Pashtun family.[9][10][11][12]

His father, Abbas Shah, was against his decision to play cricket, preferring him to concentrate on his studies. Naseem eventually completed his education to the tenth grade following which his father wanted him to seek employment abroad.[13] His mother died in 2019, just a day before his Test debut at the age of 16.[14]

He has two sisters and four brothers, including Hunain Shah, his younger brother, who's a fast bowler playing at first-class level.[15] His youngest brother, Ubaid Shah, is also a fast bowler, making his Under-19 debut in October 2023[16] and selected for the Under-19 Asia Cup in December 2023.[17]

In February 2023, Naseem Shah was given the honorary rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the Balochistan Police, with high-level officials in attendance in Quetta. He expressed pride in being an ambassador for the province and pledged to represent it.[18]

Early career


After playing tape ball cricket for a few years in Lower Dir, Naseem began his professional journey at the age of 13 when his uncle enrolled him in the Abdul Qadir Cricket Academy in Lahore, where he would be coached by Sulaman Qadir, before getting selected for the Lahore Under-16 team at the age of 13 and later for the Pakistan Under-16 team at the age of 14.[19]

Domestic career


He made his first-class debut for Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited in the 2018–19 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy on 1 September 2018.[20] He made his List A debut for Zarai Taraqiati Bank Limited in the 2018–19 Quaid-e-Azam One Day Cup on 16 October 2018.[21]

In September 2019, he was named in Central Punjab's squad for the 2019–20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament.[22][23] In October 2019, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) named him as one of the six players to watch ahead of the 2019–20 National T20 Cup tournament.[24] He made his Twenty20 debut on 13 October 2019, for Central Punjab in the 2019–20 National T20 Cup.[25]

Franchise career


Shah played for Quetta Gladiators from 2019 to 2023, in the Pakistan Super League. He was traded to Islamabad United before the 2024 season.[26]

Other leagues


On 15 September 2021, Naseem Shah took the crucial two wickets in the final of the 2021 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), which helped st Kitts and Nevis Patriots register their first CPL title.

In January 2022, he was signed by Gloucestershire County Cricket Club to play in domestic tournaments during the first half of the 2022 season in England.[27] In April 2022, he was bought by the Welsh Fire for the 2022 season of The Hundred, also in England.[28] However, Shah was ruled out of matches for a month, after picking up a shoulder injury in his first match for Gloucestershire.[29]

International career


In October 2019, he was named in Pakistan's Test squad for their series against Australia.[30][31] In November 2019, he played in the three-day warm-up match for Pakistan against Australia A.[32][33] He made his Test debut for Pakistan, against Australia, on 21 November 2019.[34] His debut was appreciated by many senior cricketers, such as former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis and former England captain Michael Vaughan, the latter being impressed by the 16-year-old touching 147  km/h, or 91.3  mph, in his first ever over.[35] The following month, he was named in Pakistan's Test squad for the two-match series against Sri Lanka.[36] In the second match, he took his first five-wicket haul in Test cricket.[37] At the age of 16 years and 307 days, he became the youngest fast bowler, and the second-youngest among all bowlers,[38] to take a five-wicket haul in a Test match.[39]

He was initially named in Pakistan's squad for the 2020 Under-19 Cricket World Cup,[40] but after his impressive start in Test cricket, he was withdrawn from the U19 team.[41] In January 2020, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) issued a statement on Naseem being withdrawn from their U19 squad. They reiterated that it was due to cricketing reasons, and not concerns about his age, stating they have checked and verified the ages of all cricketers who could play in their U19 team.[42]

On 9 February 2020, in the first Test against Bangladesh, at the age of 16 years and 359 days, he became the youngest bowler to take a Test hat-trick.[43][44] In May 2020, the PCB awarded him a central contract ahead of the 2020–21 season.[45][46]

In June 2020, he was named in a 29-man squad for Pakistan's tour to England during the COVID-19 pandemic.[47][48] In July, he was shortlisted for Pakistan's 20-man squad for the Test matches against England.[49][50] On 21 August, he was named in Pakistan's Twenty20 International (T20I) squad, also for the series against England.[51] In November 2020, he was named in Pakistan's 35-man squad for their tour to New Zealand.[52] In October 2021, he was named in the Pakistan Shaheens squad for their tour of Sri Lanka.[53]

In August 2022, he was named in Pakistan's ODI squad, for their tour of the Netherlands.[54] He made his ODI debut on 16 August 2022, for Pakistan, against the Netherlands.[55] During the last ODI, Naseem took his maiden wicket in ODIs.[56]

Later the same month, he was named in Pakistan's T20I squad for the 2022 Asia Cup.[57] He made his T20I debut on 28 August 2022, against India.[58]

On 7 September 2022, Naseem Shah made history by delivering 2 sixes against Afghanistan to save Pakistan from a defeat and help qualify for the finals.[59]

In September 2022, he was named in Pakistan's T20I squad for England's tour of Pakistan.[60] In October 2022, Naseem was named in Pakistan’s T20I squad for the Tri-Series in New Zealand.[61] Later in October, Naseem was named in Pakistan's T20i squad for the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup.[62] He had a proficient run in the World Cup and helped Pakistan qualify for the 2022 ICC Men's T20 World Cup Final, but lost it.

In November 2022, he was named in Pakistan's Test squad for England's tour of Pakistan. After the first match, Naseem suffered a shoulder injury that ruled him out of the series.[63][64]

In December 2022, he was named in Pakistan’s Test squad for New Zealand's tour of Pakistan and later in the ODI squad in January 2023.[65][66] In the first ODI against New Zealand, Naseem took his second fifer in ODIs and a consecutive fifer.[citation needed]

In September, he was ruled out of 2023 World Cup due to an injury.[67]

In May 2024, he was named in Pakistan’s squad for the 2024 ICC Men's T20 World Cup tournament.[68]


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