Pakistan includes Shaheen Afridi in test squad for New Zealand
Pakistan's selectors included left arm teenage pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi in a 15-man squad for the first two of the three tests against New Zealand starting in Abu Dhabi next week. The 18-year-old has been in a devastating form in the ongoing one-day series in United Arab Emirates, taking 4-46 and 4-38 in the two matches so far. The third and final one-day international is in Dubai on Sunday. Shaheen Shah Afridi also took 3-20 in a Twenty20 match against New Zealand and four wickets in two Twenty20 internationals against Australia last month.
The pace bowler Shaheen Afridi emerged on the scene last year, taking 8-39 in an innings in his first class debut, the best-ever figures by a Pakistani bowler in his first match. Pakistan and New Zealand play the first test in Abu Dhabi November 16-20. The second match will be in Dubai November 24-28 while the final test is also in Abu Dhabi December 3-7. A squad for the final test will be announced later. "Shaheen has been included in the squad keeping into account his current form," said chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq.