Pakistan Playing 11 vs England-1st T20I, Pakistan tour of England 2024

Updated - 22 May 2024, 05:52 PM

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After playing against New Zealand and Ireland, Pakistan is now playing their third T20I series ahead of the T20 World CupThey take on England in a four-match series ahead of the T20 World Cup starting next month. 

The first T20I will be played on May 22 and the series ends on May 30. The two teams will have to make a quick turnaround heading into the T20 World Cup. Pakistan and England were the finalists of the T20 World Cup 2022. 

Now it is only fair that the two teams get some match practice ahead of the mega event. Pakistan is perhaps the only major team not to have announced their squad yet for the World Cup and will need to do it before this series ends. 

Babar Azam is back as the Pakistan captain. He led the side against New Zealand which ended 2-2 and won the series against Ireland 2-1. They now have a much tougher job at hand against England in their own backyard as well. 

Pakistan have named an 18-member squad with Hasan Ali back in the side.  Haris Rauf and Azam Khan who missed the T20I series against New Zealand recently are also back in the side. Mohammad Amir and Imad Wasim who came back to play for the T20 World Cup are also a part of this squad. 

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Pakistan Playing 11 vs England-1st T20I, Pakistan tour of England 2024

Babar Azam (C)

Babar will open the innings for Pakistan. He is amongst the top-scorers in T20I cricket getting close to 4000 T20I runs. He already has three hundreds and 36 fifties in the format. 

Mohammad Rizwan 

Rizwan will open the batting with Babar. The duo have been a prolific pair for Pakistan. Rizwan is also amongst the top-scorers getting close to 3500 T20I runs. He sits on 96 T20Is.

Fakhar Zaman 

The southpaw will slot in at three. He started out as an opener in white-ball cricket but now bats in the middle-order. He has an aggressive intent towards batting. 

Saim Ayub

Ayub another southpaw will slot in at four. He has played 20 matches and has scored close to 500 runs with a best of 49. He played in the last T20I series against Ireland. 

Imad Wasim 

Imad will bat at five, The batting all-rounder announced his U-turn from international cricket and made himself available for the T20 World Cup. He was also a part of the Ireland series. 

Iftikhar Ahmed 

The big-hitter will slot in at six. He has an important role to play for Pakistan with the bat in the middle-order. He can also chip in with the bat. 

Shadab Khan 

Shadab will slot in at seven. He has previously been the vice-captain of the side. He is also the specialist leggie of the side. The senior player has also led the side in the absence of Babar Azam.

Shaheen Afridi 

The former Pakistan T20I skipper will slot in at eight. He can use the long handle but will have to do the job with the ball for his side. He sits on 88 T20I wickets. Afridi was replaced by Babar as the all-format skipper of the side.

Mohammad Amir 

Amir will slot in at nine. He announced his decision to come back and play in the T20 World Cup for Pakistan. He has been one of Pakistan's best bowlers ever. He has taken 64 wickets in 56 T20Is. 

Haris Rauf 

Rauf will be the third pacer in the XI. He missed the series against New Zealand due to injury and has returned fit into the side. He played his last T20i in January 2024. 

Naseem Shah 

The youngster concludes the playing XI for Pakistan as the fourth pacer in the XI. He made his T20I debut for Pakistan in the last Asia Cup 2022 and also played in the last T20 World Cup.

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