Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah withdraws from practice game after mother’s death

Adithya Sundar 17:53 12/11/2019
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Teenage Pakistan fast bowler Naseem Shah has withdrawn from the ongoing practice game against Australia A after news emerged that his mother had sadly passed away, back home.

Shah, 16, after consulting with his family has decided to not to return to Pakistan for the funeral. Players from both teams wore black armbands during day two of the tour match at Optus Stadium.

Pakistan opted not to replace Shah in the match against Australia A, preferring to retain the tour match’s first-class status.

The teenager, who made his first-class debut only last year, has already picked up 26 wickets in six first-class games at an average of less than 17.

In the three-day pink ball match at the Optus, Pakistan batted first and posted 428 with Babar Azam (157) and Asad Shafiq (119) scoring centuries.

In reply, Australia A, a team with many batsmen vying for a spot in the national team were bowled out for 122. The wrecker-in-chief was 32-year-old medium pacer Imran Khan who finished with figures of five for 32. Marcus Harris, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Travis Head and Will Pucovski all failed to make a significant score. Batting No.6, Cameroon Bancroft was the top-scorer as he fell one short of a half-century.

At stumps on Day 2, Pakistan were seven for no loss in their second innings, with an overall lead of 313 runs.

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