Naseem Shah has warned England against underestimating him as he hopes to make an impact in the upcoming Test series starting in August.
The teenage fast bowling sensation's phenomenal rise in international cricket has already seen him register a Test hat-trick – the youngest bowler to do so – while he also claimed a five-wicket haul in a winning cause against Sri Lanka in December.
His skiddy bowling style and ability to consistently clock high speeds has earned him the reputation of being a skilled customer with the ball in hand. With many experts predicting big things in store for the exciting pacer, Naseem has set his sights on the England tour and cautioned the opposition not to take him lightly.
"If they treat me like a small kid, it will be their big loss," he said in his online media interaction on Wednesday.
"Age doesn't matter, it's my bowling that matters -- so they need to take me seriously."
Not shy of admitting his lack of knowledge regarding the England lineup at the moment, Naseem stated he knew only about skipper Joe Root but would properly do his homework on other team members once preparations for the series officially get underway.
Pakistan have named as many as 10 pacers in the enlarged 29-man squad announced for the trip to England featuring three Tests and three T20Is. Naseem, who has thus far impressed in his budding career, is likely to pair alongside fellow young fast bowler Shaheen Afridi, forming a formidable duo in the red-ball format.
Naseem is yet to make his white-ball debut and would be in contention for a spot in the T20I side given his decent run in the Pakistan Super League earlier this year.
Pakistan's touring party is expected to fly to England at the end of this month and will spend 14 days in mandatory quarantine before they will begin training in "bio-secure" facilities isolated from contact with anyone outside the bubble.