Pakistan's Playing XI EnglandImage source: Geo.tv

The Pakistan cricket team is set to make a significant change to its lineup for the first match of the four-match T20I series against England, starting on May 22 at Headingley.

Reports suggest that fast bowler Naseem Shah will be included in the playing XI to help the team management find the optimal combination ahead of the T20 World Cup. This move could see Hasan Ali, who has struggled with form recently, being dropped in favor of the young pacer. Jos likely to miss some matches.

Naseem Shah, renowned for his express pace and wicket-taking prowess, is expected to join forces with the formidable Shaheen Shah Afridi to spearhead the bowling attack. The rest of the lineup is likely to remain unchanged as Pakistan seeks to solidify its team structure in preparation for the T20 World Cup 2024.

Gary Kirsten, the new head coach of the Pakistan team, has already arrived in Leeds. The former South African cricketer and seasoned coach brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and tactical expertise, which will be invaluable in shaping Pakistan’s performance in the series.

Kirsten aims to field Pakistan’s strongest XI against England as a crucial test before the T20 World Cup, which begins on June 2 in Dallas with the opening match between hosts USA and Canada.

Expected Playing XI:

1. Mohammad Rizwan
2. Saim Ayub
3. Babar Azam (C)
4. Fakhar Zaman
5. Azam Khan (wk)
6. Iftikhar Ahmed
7. Imad Wasim
8. Shaheen Afridi
9. Mohammad Amir
10. Naseem Shah
11. Abbas Afridi

By Zohaib Ali

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