With a stable line-up, Pakistan is unlikely to experiment in the first match of the Asia Cup
The opening match of the Asia Cup will be played between Pakistan and Nepal in Multan from tomorrow.
Pakistan had announced a 17-member squad for the Asia Cup. After the Afghanistan series, which the Men in Green won 3–0, they replaced Tayyab Tahir with Saud Shakeel in the squad of 1st match.
Due to the stable line-up, Pakistan is unlikely to experiment in the first match of the Asia Cup.
Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq will be the regular openers of Pakistan at the top of the batting order.
Babar Azam, who will lead the team, will take over his traditional post at number three. He will be determined to maintain his status as the world’s top ranked ODI batsman.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan will be at number four.
Salman Agha and Iftikhar Ahmed will be at number five and six respectively. Iftikhar Ahmed, who is known for his impressive late-order batting, along with Agha can play a key role in Pakistan’s strong performance in ODIs.
Spin bowling all-rounders Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz are likely to be included in the team from Pakistan.
The last three spots in the line-up will include Haris Rauf, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah, who are known for their pace and ability to beat batsmen.
Pakistan’s expected playing XI:
Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf.
Pakistan squad for Asia Cup:
Pakistan XI: Babar Azam (c), Fakhar Zaman, Imam ul Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Salman Agha, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf