ENG vs PAK, 1st T20I: PSL star Azam Khan likely to make debut, Mohammad Nawaz to replace Shadab Khan

PAK vs ENG, 1st T20I: PSL star Azam Khan likely to make debut, Mohammad Nawaz to replace Shadab Khan
PAK vs ENG, 1st T20I: PSL star Azam Khan likely to make debut, Mohammad Nawaz to replace Shadab Khan

ENG vs PAK, 1st T20I: PSL star Azam Khan likely to make debut, Mohammad Nawaz to replace Shadab Khan – Pakistan team mangement is likely to hand wicket-keeper batsman Azam khan his debut cap in the first T20I match against England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham on Friday. Azam has consistently performed in the Pakistan Super League’s last two seasons. The right-hand explosive batsman can be the solution to Pakistan’s middle-order problem. 

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The 22-year-old has played 40 T20 matches in which he has struck the ball at 153. However, there is still a question mark on his fitness. Azam Khan’s father, Moin Khan was a former Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman. 

Meanwhile, Sohaib Maqsood who also bats in the middle order could be given chance in the first T20I. Maqsood was the player of the tournament in the PSL 2021. 

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Out of form, Shadab Khan could be replaced by all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz while veteran Mohammad Hafeez is likely to make a return in the side. 

Babar Azam’s Pakistan side were thrashed by Ben Stokes second-string England team in the ODI series 3-0. Now the Men in Green will aim to bounce back in the T20I series. 

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ENG vs PAK 1st T20I – Pakistan Probable XI

Opener: Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman

Middle Order: Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Azam Khan, 

All-rounder: Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf

Bowlers: Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali

PAKISTAN T20I SQUAD: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Arshad Iqbal, Azam Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Wasim Jnr, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan and Usman Qadir.