Athletic

Bangladesh opt to bat first in T20I series opener vs Pakistan

Bangladesh won the toss and opted to bat first in the T20I series opener against Pakistan at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday.

Bangladesh included debutant Saif Hassan in this match. He replaced Liton Das who failed to perform well in the ICC World Cup and subsequently lost his place in the national team.

The right-handed batter played a total of 28 T20s so far and scored 682 runs, averaging 28.41. He has also played five Tests so far.

Bangladesh are missing the services of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan as well. Shakib has been overlooked due to an injury, while Mushfiqur was rested by the selectors — a claim Mushfiqur denied, saying he was dropped.

Before this series, Bangladesh took on Pakistan in 12 T20Is with two wins.

Bangladesh (Playing XI): Mohammad Naim, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Afif Hossain, Mahmudullah(c), Nurul Hasan(w), Aminul Islam, Shoriful Islam, Mahedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman.

Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Shoaib Malik, Shadab Khan, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Haris Rauf.

Source: United News of Bangladesh