Pakistan Squad – The 6 supreme talents to behold!

The Pakistan Squad at the Cricket World Cup 2019
LEEDS, ENGLAND - JUNE 29: Shaheen Afridi of Pakistan celebrates the wicket of Gulbadin Naib of Afghanistan during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between Pakistan and Afghanistan at Headingley on June 29, 2019 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Pakistan Squad Players To Look Out For!

The Pakistan cricket board recently announced a 20 man touring squad for the tour to England. Among them were some excellent talents such as Babar Azam and Yasir Shah.

However, these two players are already established, international players. In this article, we will be looking at six players who could turn into future superstars!

The 20 man squad announced by the Pakistan Cricket Board can be seen below.

But, who are the six talents that have the potential to thrive in international cricket?

 

Abid Ali: Pakistan Squad Opener

Abid Ali, part of the Pakistan Squad scores a century against Sri Lanka 2019
Pakistan’s Abid Ali celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the fifth and final day of the first Test cricket match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi on December 15, 2019. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

32-year-old Abid Ali had to wait until he was 31 to make his debut for Pakistan. It finally arrived in 2019 against Australia in ODI and against Sri Lanka in test matches.

He remains the only batsman in world cricket to make hundreds on both ODI and Test debut. Abid Ali is relatively new to international cricket but he is a very experienced domestic stalwart.

Abid has played 3 tests to date, and he has made 321 runs in them, including two hundreds. One of which was a 109* on debut.

 

Naseem Shah: Pakistan Squad Bowler

Naseem Shah picks up a wicket. He is part of the Pakistan Squad to England in 2020.
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 23: Naseem Shah of Pakistan celebrates after taking his first test wicket, the wicket of David Warner of Australia during day three of the 1st Domain Test between Australia and Pakistan at The Gabba on November 23, 2019 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

The teenage tearaway pacer Naseem Shah made his international debut at the age of 16. In his short 4 test career, he has picked up a five-wicket haul and a four-wicket haul.

Naseem holds the world record of the youngest player to take a Test hat-trick and the teenage speedster has reached speeds of 150kph and above.

He has a great career ahead of him – if he is groomed well. Arguably, the best youngster in the Pakistan squad.

 

Rohail Nazir:

Rohil Nazir scores a half century vs India in the U-19 World Cup 2020
Pakistan’s Haider Ali (R) is congratulated by Pakistan’s captain Rohail Nazir after scoring a half-century (50 runs) during the semi-final of the ICC Under-19 cricket World Cup between India and Pakistan at the Senwes Park in Potchefstroom on February 4, 2020. (Photo by Wikus DE WET / AFP) (Photo by WIKUS DE WET/AFP via Getty Images)

Rohail Nazir, the Pakistan batsman who was their U-19 captain in the latest edition, has scored plenty of runs in domestic first-class and List-A cricket.

Additionally, he has proved his potential as a gloveman behind the wicket. I would not be surprised if Rohail makes his debut in the Test series against England.

Also read: Younis Khan – Pakistan’s underrated Legend

 

Usman Khan Shinwari:

Usman Khan Shinwari bowls against Australia
Pakistani cricketer Usman Khan Shinwari bowls during the fifth one day international (ODI) cricket match between Pakistan and Australia at Dubai International Stadium in Dubai on March 31, 2019. (Photo by MAHMOUD KHALED / AFP) (Photo credit should read MAHMOUD KHALED/AFP via Getty Images)

Usman Khan Shinwari, an upcoming has proved himself in domestic cricket. An extremely talented strapping left-arm pacer.

He has shown a talent for swing and seam, as he demonstrated it when he took Five wickets in 21 balls against Sri Lanka. An excellent bowler with great accuracy – he could be very handy with the ball in England.

 

Musa Khan:

Musa Khan bowls against Australia 2019
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 08: Musa Khan of Pakistan bowls during game three of the International Twenty20 series between Australia and Pakistan at Optus Stadium on November 08, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images)

As a 19-year-old quick bowler, he burst onto the scene with an explosive PSL in 2019 where he regularly clocked above 140kph.

With his height, he is able to generate extra bounce which could prove to be lethal in England because of seaming and swinging conditions. If he plays, he could turn out to be a lynchpin in the bowling attack up against England.

 

Khushdil Shah:

Khushdil Shah bats against Australia in a T20 game 2019
PERTH, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 08: Khushdil Shah of Pakistan bats during game three of the International Twenty20 series between Australia and Pakistan at Optus Stadium on November 08, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Khushdil has shown a talent for T20 and One-day batting and is most probably on the tour for the T20 game. He is an excellent ball striker and does bowl more than handy slow left-arm orthodox bowling when needed.

With 62 fours and 46 sixes, he is a prolific six-hitter and a great finisher. At 24, he has a long way to go.

Make sure to keep an eye on these members from the Pakistan Squad. They could be the future of Pakistan Cricket. There is no doubt that Pakistan has lots of talented youngsters in their squad and their tour to England should be an exciting prospect!

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