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Pakistan’s Young Players to Watch

CricViz analysis features in the Telegraph’s look forward to the tourists’ star youngsters.

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In the most recent piece, Jake Goodwill looked at the touring Pakistan side, and focused on the young players looking to make a name for themselves. The five players he opted to focus on were Naseem Shah, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Imam ul Haq, and Faheem Ashraf.

Goodwill focused on the speed of Naseem: “He is only 17 years old, having famously made his debut at the age of 16 away from home against Australia. However, the talking point should be as much about his pace as his youth. Since his Test debut in November 2019, he averages 87.8mph, which makes him the joint third quickest bowler in the world in that time frame.”

The piece also looks at the difference between Shadab and his senior leg spin colleague: “Of the two leg spinners, Khan is far more prepared to use his googly, conning the batsman with ball turning the other way. Shah is more patient with his leggie, perhaps because he extracts slightly more spin than his contemporary.”

Elsewhere, Shaheen “is renowned for bowling a very full length. Of his 30 Test match wickets, 15 have been bowling full deliveries. Shaheen delivers full balls 38 per cent of the time.” With regard to the all-rounder Faheem, Goodwill suggests: “His main attribute with the ball is the degree of seam he extracts from the pitch. Faheem, on average across his career, has found 0.67° of seam movement. No Pakistan seamer since 2006 (bowling at least 50 overs in Test matches) has seamed the ball as much as Faheem.”

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