The epic clash between two Asian-rivals, India and Pakistan is all set to take place within only a few hours. It will be the first game for both of the sides in the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy. [ নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ভারত ম্যাচের জন্য পাকিস্তান স্কোয়াড ঘোষণা]
Ahead of the high voltage match, the Pakistan team management on Saturday, have named 12 players who are most likely to play the match against India. Surprisingly the team management did not include pacer Junaid Khan in the 12-player list.
The promising fast bowler of Pakistan side does have a brilliant record against the rival team with 8 wickets in 5 matches. He has a particularly impressive advantage over India’s batting mainstay and captain Virat Kohli against whom he has an average of 0.67 having dismissed him thrice conceding just 2 runs.
However, in absence of Junaid Khan, Hassan Ali and Fahim Ashrafe are likely to be included in the playing XI along with Wahab and Amir. In the batting department Ahmad Shahzad will open the innings with Mohammad Hafeez.
Pakistan 12 for the opening match of the Champions Trophy 2017 against India :
Sarfraz Ahmed (C), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz
-Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com