CHATTOGRAM (92 Information) – Abdullah Shafique and Imamul Haq could have anxious moments as Pakistan tackle Bangladesh within the first Take a look at in Chattogram on Friday.
Each the openers had been named within the 12-player squad that didn’t embody quick bowler Mohammad Abbas, a affirmation that bowling tasks will probably be shared between Shaheen Shah Afridi, Hasan Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Nauman Ali and Sajid Khan.
Abdullah has been with the aspect for the reason that begin of the 12 months and has stroked two centuries in three first-class matches, whereas Imam has reclaimed his place after scoring 488 runs in 5 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy innings. In 11 Exams, he has scored 485 runs at 25.5.
Whether or not the crew administration opts for Abdullah or Imam, Abid Ali will certainly have a brand new opener companion.
Shan Masood was Abid’s companion for the Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, England and New Zealand Exams, whereas Imran Butt opened the innings with Abid within the Exams in opposition to South Africa, Zimbabwe and West Indies.
Aside from the opener, the middle-order appears fairly steady and settled with Azhar Ali, Babar Azam and Fawad Alam, adopted by wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan at No 6.
Bangladesh will probably be with out skilled Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan with the previous nonetheless recovering from a finger harm and latter not out there resulting from a hamstring harm.
The house aspect are contemplating as many as three Take a look at debutants on this recreation. Captain Mominul Haq has hinted that Mahmudul Hasan could open whereas Yasir Ali is a powerful candidate at No 6. Rookie quick bowler Rejaur Rahman may additionally play forward of Ebadot Hossain.
The momentum can also be in opposition to Bangladesh who misplaced all of the three T20Is regardless of making ready gradual, low and turning tracks. Pakistan gained the primary T20I by 4 wickets whereas chasing 128 for victory, second by eight wickets after being set a 109-run goal and third by 5 wickets on the final ball in pursuit of a 125-run goal.
Pakistan have performed three sequence in Bangladesh and gained 5 of the six Exams, with their final win in Dhaka in Might 2015 by 328 runs. Azhar Ali and Mushfiqur Rahim are the one gamers from both sides to take part in that match.
Azhar had scored 226 and 25, whereas Mushfiq scored 12 and nil as Azhar walked away with the participant of the match, which can even be remembered for hundreds of years from Younis Khan (148) and Asad Shafiq (107) in addition to match figures of 36.3-7-128-7 by Yasir Shah, who will miss the sequence as he’s but to get well from a thumb harm he sustained through the Nationwide T20.
Pakistan squad (from): Babar Azam (captain), Mohammad Rizwan (vice-captain, wicketkeeper), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan and Shaheen Shah Afridi
Bangladesh squad (from): Mominul Haque (captain), Shadman Islam, Saif Hasan, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nayeem Hasan, Taijul Islam, Ebadot Hossain Chowdhury, Abu Jayed Chowdhury, Yasir Ali, Mahmudul Hasan, Rejaur Rahman.