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Rashid Latif slams PCB over age-fudging controversy: Don’t make a joke of yourself

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In Pakistan’s recently-concluded Test series against Australia, 16-year-old Naseem Shah made his debut for the senior team before he was selected into the Pakistan U-19 team for the Youth World Cup last week.

Naseem Shah (centre) became the youngest ever cricketer to make his Test debut on Australian soil last month (AP Photo)

Naseem Shah (centre) became the youngest ever cricketer to make his Test debut on Australian soil last month (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pakistani cricketers have regularly been accused of age fudging
  • 16-year-old Naseem Shah, who made his debut for PAK last month, is the latest to come under scanner
  • Naseem played the Brisbane Test was picked in Pakistan’s U-19 team for the World Cup next year

Former Pakistan skipper and wicketkeeper Rashid Latif has slammed the country’s national cricket board over the players’ age-fudging controversy. In a tweet, Latif urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to refrain from making a joke of itself.

In the Green Brigade’s recent concluded Test series against Australia, Naseem Shah, 16, made his debut for the senior team before he was selected into the Pakistan U-19 team for the Youth World Cup last week.

Taking to Twitter, the 51-year-old wrote: “Pakistani Cricket Team’s players are going to U-19s. U-19s are going to U-16s, U-16s to U-13s & U-13s back to their mothers’ laps. For God’s sake PCB, correct the ages & don’t destroy (your reputation) by working with crooked diploma doctors, don’t make a joke of yourself.”

Meanwhile, former Pakistan opener and ex-chief selector Mohsin Khan also raised his voice over Shah’s selection in the U-19 squad.

“It just shows that we are not developing players at the junior level and instead focus on winning events. Imagine a Test player playing alongside youngsters in the Junior World Cup. What impression does it create of Pakistan cricket,” Khan opined.

Said to be 16, Naseem became the youngest ever cricketer to make his Test debut on Australian soil last month. As per records, Naseem, aged 16 years and 279 days, broke the record held by former Australia captain Ian Craig who had made his Test debut at the age of 17 against South Africa at the MCG in 1953.

However, his age is now causing a huge stir in the cricketing field.

A tweet from Pakistan journalist Saj Sadiq had also surfaced on social media dated December 1, 2018 which read: “Highly rated 17-year-old pace bowler Nasim Shah who was signed by Quetta Gladiators for the Pakistan Super League has suffered a back injury. He is back in training and hopes to be fit for PSL4 #Cricket #PSL4.”

Pakistan had lost the Test series against hosts Australia 2-0.

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