Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah was left red faced on a recent chat show when he could not recognize legendary South African bowler Allan Donald.
When the name of Donald was brought up, the young speedster said, “McDonald’s ka suna hain, Allan Donald ka nahi” (I have heard about McDonald’s, not Allan Donald).
Shah will next be seen in Pakistan colours when they play Afghanistan in a 3-match T20I series starting March 24.
Naseem Shah hasn’t heard of Allan Donald, but he was quick to recall McDonald’s 😅👏 pic.twitter.com/wBeUgoVw7Y
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) March 17, 2023
On Monday, Pakistan had announced a 15-player squad for the upcoming series. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Najam Sethi announced Shadab Khan as captain for the series. The board further named Mohammad Yousuf as the interim head and batting coach.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam, along with Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Rizwan and Shaheen Shah Afridi have been rested, while Asif Ali, Haider Ali, Mohammad Hasnain and Khushdil Shah have been dropped. These nine players were part of the Pakistan squad that reached the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia.
Apart from the Shadab, players retained from the last T20I series are: Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Haris, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Junior, the aforementioned Shah and Shan Masood.
“For the short three-T20I series against Afghanistan, the selection committee has followed the standard rotation policy by resting the leading performers and providing high-performing domestic performers with opportunities to demonstrate their talent and potential at the international level,” Haroon Rashid, chair of the selection committee had said.
“This will also allow us to test the temperament and abilities of these players and helping us to strengthen our pool of players as we look forward to building and preparing a formidable side for next year’s T20 World Cup in the West Indies and United States.”