Legendary Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis believes Josh Shaw has all the tools to ensure he is a key part of Yorkshire’s drive for success over the next few years.
Waqar had his first glimpse of the young White Rose quick at the Abu Dhabi T20 competition at the start of this month and liked what he saw.
As Shaw bowled an impressive, yet wicketless, four-over spell in a defeat to Lahore Qalandars, Waqar and TV co-commentator Brad Hogg talked him up, praising his strong action and attitude.
Afterwards, Waqar spoke to yorkshireccc.com about the 22-year-old’s progression.
“I had not seen him beforehand, so it was something surprising for me – in a good way,” said the ex-Pakistan skipper, who took 789 Test and ODI wickets between 1989 and 2003.
“I always look for young talent, and I felt when he was running in he was all energy, pumped up, and he’s got really good pace and a very strong action.
“I look for those small things in youngsters when I’m thinking ‘Has he got the potential and talent?’ On first look, Josh Shaw definitely has things to work with.
“Coming in from England to bowling in the heat in this part of the world, he was really rushing the batsmen. That’s what impressed me, and that’s why I spoke about him.
“There are a few things you notice.
“The run up is key, which was good and smooth, and then you want to be strong at the crease. He was.”