Naseem Shah becomes youngest bowler to take a Test hat-trick

Naseem Shah, the 16-year-old Pakistan fast bowler, became the youngest player to take a Test hat-trick when he dismissed Najmul Hossain Shanto, Taijul Islam and Mahmudullah on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh in Rawalpindi. Shah’s feat saw him surpass the former Bangladesh legspinner Alok Kapali, who held the record for nearly 17 years, having taken a Test hat-trick against Pakistan in Ausust 2003, at the age of 19. ESPNcricinfo’s ball-by-ball commentary recorded how Shah’s accomplishment came about:

40.4 Naseem Shah to Najmul Hossain Shanto, OUT, huge appeal for lbw, Pakistan are very interested. Azhar checks with the bowler, keeper and signals for a review. This one came back in a long way to hit Shanto on the right thigh pad or thereabouts. The height may be the only bone of consideration here. And what a good review it is, ball tracking confirms this would’ve…

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