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After Tests, Naseem Shah aims to make his mark in limited-overs cricket

Pacer became the youngest Test bowler in history to take a hat-trick

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Pakistan pace sensation Naseem Shah is keen on making a mark in limited-overs cricket, after a successful start to his Test career.

Naseem Shah is the youngest Test bowler in history to take a fifer and a hat-trick in consecutive Tests against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in Karachi and Rawalpindi, respectively.

The rookie pacer, while speaking in a podcast by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), is eager for an opportunity in One-day International (ODI) and Twenty20 International (T20I) format for the Men in Green.

"One year of back injury was a difficult time. I doubted myself a little after I wasn't able to perform during the Test series in Australia. However, I kept giving my 100 per cent and worked really hard to make a comeback in the following Test matches," said Naseem.

"Test cricket is the toughest format. If you have the required fitness for Tests, then ODI and T20I cricket becomes easier. I am ready to perform in limited-overs cricket like Tests, whenever I'm given an opportunity," he added.

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Similarly, right-hand batsman Abid Ali, who was awarded Category B for scoring 174 runs in three Tests and 74 runs in an ODI, is aiming for a further promotion after performing in the upcoming season.

"I got a C category contract last year due to my performances in domestic cricket. I am very happy after being promoted to the B category as I performed really well on my debut against Australia and then bagged player of the match award during the Test series against Sri Lanka as well," said Abid.

"Now there is more responsibility on me to work harder on my skills and fitness, and my wish is to get promoted from B category to A category through more performances," he added.