Pakistan swing veteran Sarfaraz Nawaz believes young fast bowling sensation Shaheen Shah Afridi, who moved up to Category A in the new central contract for the 2020-21 season, lacks sharpness in his bowling.
While talking to the Indian Express, Nawaz went on to say that emerging pacers like Naseem Shah and Mohammad Hasnain need to do a lot of work on their fitness.
Naseem 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. On the other hand, Hasnain has shown his prowess, and sheer raw talent in limited-overs cricket and was one of the standout bowlers in the inconclusive Pakistan Super League (PSL) Season 5.
“Shaheen Shah Afridi is a medium pacer and lacks sharpness,” said Nawaz.
“Naseem Shah and Mohammed Hasnain are quite effective but they are too young. Taking a look at their frail physiques and considerable heights, I don’t think they would be able to play longer for Pakistan. One has to be well-built for a longer career as a fast bowler.” he added.
Earlier this month, the PCB officially announced Babar Azam, who was already leading the Twenty20 International side, as captain of the 50-over team after former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked as captain from all formats in October 2019. However, Nawaz feels Babar needed more exposure before being handed a major responsibility.
“I think it’s too early for him to be a captain. He should have been given more exposure as a batsman and a vice-captain before giving the reins of the team. Team members respect the skipper only when he is experienced and matured. Babar Azam is lacking on this front.” he concluded.