After a peroid of time, the International cricket is about to begin with the opener of the Australia’s tour to UAE to play against Pakistan been the only T20 game. With the T20I captains of the both the teams been changing adds more importance to the game. Pakistan will be captained by Shahid Afridi where as Australian team will be captained by Aaron Finch.

Courtesy of Champions League T20, both the teams lost their crucial players. Australian pacer Pat Cummins still yet to join the team and Hafeez been injured during hi outing in the tournament. With the number of players announced for T20I, reduced to 10, Australia will look to add players from th ODI squad namely, Phillip Hughes, Nathan Lyon and Steven O’Keefe. However only Hughes might be playing along with the debutans Sean Abbott, Cameroon Boyce and Kane Richardson.

Pakistan team has a couple of players who are making a comeback after a bit time. With Ajmal been banned, it created hopes for Raza Hasan, young spinner to seal his spot in team. Raza made his T20I debut at very same ground, Dubai SC against same Australians having a good game. Later he played WT20 held in Sri Lanka but didn’t came on to stage after that. Along with Raza, Wahab Riaz will be seen making a comeback after 2011.

Pitch and Weather:

In order for Test series, the curator has prepared a track which has much bounce and pace and very less chance of spin. And the temperatures here have been recorded over 30s and on match day it is forcasted with 37c.

Australia (Expected XI): Aaron Finch (capt), David Warner, Phillip Hughes, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), James Faulkner, Sean Abbott, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Cameron Boyce.

Pakistan (Expected XI): Ahmed Shahzad, Awais Zia, Umar Amin, Umar Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohaib Maqsood, Bilawal Bhatti, Raza Hasan, Sohail Tanvir, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Irfan.

 

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