The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has unveiled the Playing XI for Pakistan’s opening match against Nepal in the ACC Men’s Asia Cup 2023. Key players include Captain Babar Azam, Vice Captain Shadab Khan, Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan, and others.
The highly anticipated Asia Cup 2023 commences with Pakistan, the top-ranked ODI team, facing Nepal in a Group-A clash at Multan Cricket Stadium. Both Nepal’s debut as a team in the competition and Multan’s debut as a venue are made in this game. Notably, this is Pakistan and Nepal’s first-ever top-level game.
Babar Azam congratulated Nepal for qualifying and emphasized the positive effects of their participation on the development of sport in the nation in his words. He anticipates Nepal will present a compelling opponent.
After defeating Afghanistan 3-0 in Sri Lanka, Babar Azam’s Pakistan team is entering the Asia Cup on a high note. They rose to the top of the ICC ODI standings as a result of their victory. With a win/loss ratio of 2.750 and 22 wins in 31 matches during this World Cup cycle, Pakistan demonstrates its strong performance.
Next, Pakistan is set to face India in the second Group-A match on September 2 in Kandy, Sri Lanka. The same venue will host the final group match between India and Nepal on September 4.
Pakistan’s Playing XI for Nepal Clash:
Babar Azam (c), Shadab Khan (vc), Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Salman Ali Agha, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah, and Haris Rauf.