Pakistan starlet Naseem Shah has said that he is looking forward to making an impact in white-ball cricket, following a promising start to his Test career.
Shah became the youngest Test bowler in history to take a 5-for and a hat-trick in consecutive Tests against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Karachi and Rawalpindi, respectively.
The emerging pacer, while taking part in a podcast by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), expressed a desire for making a mark in the ODI T20I format after a tough period.
“One year of back injury was a difficult time. I doubted myself a little after I wasn’t able to perform during the Test series in Australia. However, I kept giving my 100 per cent and worked really hard to make a comeback in the following Test matches,” said Naseem.
“Test cricket is the toughest format. If you have the required fitness for Tests, then ODI and T20I cricket becomes easier. I am ready to perform in limited-overs cricket like Tests, whenever I’m given an opportunity,” he added.
Similarly, right-hand batsman Abid Ali, who was awarded Category B for scoring 174 runs in three Tests and 74 runs in an ODI, is aiming for a further promotion after performing in the upcoming season.
“I got a C category contract last year due to my performances in domestic cricket. I am very happy after being promoted to the B category as I performed really well on my debut against Australia and then bagged player of the match award during the Test series against Sri Lanka as well,” said Abid.
“Now there is more responsibility on me to work harder on my skills and fitness, and my wish is to get promoted from B category to A category through more performances,” he added.