Plucked from relative obscurity when he was picked by the Pakistan Super League side Islamabad United, the now 19-year-old Shadab Khan’s rise from a precocious promising leg-spinner to an established all-rounder in the Pakistan limited overs sides has simply been phenomenal. Seldom has a young cricketer inspired so much interest from fans and confidence from the team management as has Shadab whereby at even this young age, he has already played 17 ODIs and 16 T20Is and has represented his country in two Tests.
Writing for Sky Sports, Saj profiles a battle-hardened Sarfaraz Ahmed who now has the chance to prove he can rise to the challenge of captaining Pakistan in all formats.
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Pakistan survived an almighty scare to beat Test debutants Ireland by five wickets - so how will they fare against England this week? Saj (writing for Sky Sports) casts his eye over the tourists' squad.