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Haris Rauf, Usman Khan Set to Play in Opening T20I Against England

Opening T20I

Pakistan fast bowler Haris Rauf and batter Usman Khan are expected to play in the first T20I against England in the upcoming series.

Sources revealed on Saturday that both players were not given the opportunity to play in the series against Ireland. This time, Usman Khan is likely to replace Saim Ayub in the playing XI.

Additionally, sources indicated that fast bowler Naseem Shah is also expected to be included in the playing XI.

The team management is contemplating whether to include both Shadab Khan and Abrar Ahmed in the series, suggesting a strategic mix of spin and pace in the lineup.

The Pakistan team management has resolved to field a full-strength squad for the series against England. This decision underscores the importance of the series and the intention to perform at the highest level.

The final team selection will be made following a consultation with Pakistan’s white-ball coach Gary Kirsten, who is expected to join the squad shortly.

Gary Kirsten, a seasoned coach with extensive experience, is anticipated to play a crucial role in finalizing the team strategy and composition. His insights and guidance will be pivotal in ensuring that the best possible team takes the field against England.

The Pakistan team aims to kick off the series on a strong note, leveraging the skills of experienced players like Haris Rauf and emerging talents like Usman Khan. The inclusion of Naseem Shah further bolsters the pace attack, providing the team with a formidable bowling lineup.

Shadab Khan, known for his all-round capabilities, and Abrar Ahmed, a promising spinner, are both being considered for their potential impact on the game. The team management’s decision to possibly include both players highlights a strategy that values balance and versatility.

The first T20I between Pakistan and England is scheduled to take place on May 22 in Leeds. This match is set to be a crucial encounter as both teams look to establish dominance early in the series. For Pakistan, a strong performance in the first match will set the tone for the rest of the series and boost team morale.

Fans and cricket analysts are eagerly awaiting the clash, with high expectations from key players like Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah.

Usman Khan’s inclusion is also generating interest, as he has the potential to make significant contributions with the bat.

Overall, the upcoming series promises to be an exciting contest, with Pakistan keen on showcasing their full strength and strategic prowess under the guidance of coach Gary Kirsten.

The decisions made in the final team selection will be critical in shaping the outcome of the series and could provide a thrilling start to the T20I matches against England.

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