Pakistan will hope to put aside their disappointing performance in the Asia Cup and start the landmark home series against England on a high when the two teams meet in the seven-match T20I at the National Stadium in Karachi on Tuesday.
Sri Lanka slumped to two defeats in Asia’s top flight in the UAE earlier this month.
The win against the visitors will give the men in green a morale boost as they prepare for next month’s tri-series in New Zealand, which also includes Bangladesh for the ICC World T20I in Australia.
Top-order batsman Shaun Masood, who is not in the Pakistan squad, has been called up to replace the injured Faqar Zaman. The 32-year-old left-hander has proved his mettle in T20Is following a string of solid performances in England’s domestic season this year. He was the only change to their squad that played in the Asia Cup.
On the other hand, England, visiting Pakistan for the first time since 2005, will be looking to extend their dominance of the Asian side in T20Is. They are on the right side of a 13-6 head-to-head record in the 20 previous completed bilateral matches, with a lone tie in Sharjah in 2005.
The visitors are led by Moeen Ali in the absence of regular skipper Jos Buttler, who is still recovering from a calf strain that put the brakes on his The Hundred campaign.
Both the teams will play three more T20Is in Karachi before traveling to Lahore for more matches.
Babar Azam (captain), Khushdil Shah, Naseem Shah, Shan Masood, Shatab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Haris (wicketkeeper), Iftikhar Ahmed, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain
Alex Hales, Bill Salt (week), Ollie Stone, Richard Gleeson, Moeen Ali (capt), Will Jacks, Sam Curran, David Mallon, Harry Brook, David Willey, Adil Rashid
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