“Despite a Test series coming up against Sri Lanka this month, Misbah (ul-Haq) and Waqar decided to accept Ejaz Ahmed’s request as Pakistan has not won the ICC Youth World Cup in a while,” a reliable source in the Board said.
The 16-year-old Naseem made his debut in the first Test at Brisbane and impressed with his pace. He was not named for the second day/night Test in Adelaide with Waqar insisting that it was a decision based on workload management. Naseem took one wicket in his debut Test.
Former Test opener and ex-chief selector Mohsin Khan questioned Naseem’s inclusion in the under-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,” he said.