Pakistan vs England Live: Naseem Shah Lifts The Lid On How His Mother Passed Away A Night Before His Debut. Naseem Shah, a speedster for the Pakistan National Cricket Team, has spoken candidly about the heartbreaking demise of his mother. Notably, Naseem’s mother suffered a heart arrest the day before his international debut, and when he learned of it, his excitement changed to agony.
On November 21, 2019, Naseem Shah made his debut in international cricket against the Australia National Cricket Team in the first Test of the two-match series at the Brisbane Cricket Ground in Woolloongabba, Brisbane. On his Test debut, he took David Warner’s wicket during the only bowling inning for his team.
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Three years after the incident, in an interview for Sky Sports Cricket with Nasser Hussain, Naseem Shah discussed it as follows:
“I was too attached with my mom. When I was 12, I left home because of cricket. I shifted to Lahore. When my debut came, she called me a day before and I told her, ‘tomorrow is my debut’. She didn’t use to watch TV, she didn’t understand cricket. But I told her, ‘you must watch the game tomorrow because I’m playing, I’ll be live on TV’.
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“She was so happy, she said she would come to Lahore to watch the game. When I woke up, the management came to me and said, ‘your mom has passed away’.”
I used to have a lot of medicines, I saw my mom everywhere – Naseem Shah
Naseem Shah added that he battled for 6 to 8 months following the death of his mother since during that time he also suffered numerous wounds. The hardest day of his life, according to him, was when he made his international debut, but he has since become stronger.
“For the next six-to-eight months, I struggled so much. No one thinks about what’s going inside you. I used to have a lot of medicines, I saw my mom everywhere. I used to think about her a lot. Whenever you play for Pakistan, everyone expects performances from you. I had a lot of injuries during that time as well, so it was a tough time. I learned from it, though. I’m stronger now. My (Pakistan) debut was the toughest day of my life. I can manage when I’m not performing well now, because I know how tough it was,” Naseem said further.
The next two-match Test series against New Zealand is when Naseem Shah is most likely to play again after missing the final two Tests of the three-match series against England.
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