Hassan Ali to miss first T20I against England
First T20I between Pakistan, England will be played today.
NOTTINGHAM (Dunya News) - Hasan Ali has been rested for the first of the three T20Is against England as a precautionary measure due to a strain in his left leg, which he picked during a training session at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
The fast bowler will now be assessed ahead of the second T20I, following which decision on his participation will be made.
Pakistan team will be looking to make a fresh start on the England tour as they take on the hosts in the first T20I today at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Both sides have played five T20I series before the upcoming series, where England and Pakistan have won two series each.
The two teams drew the three-match series played last year in England 1-1 with one match abandoned.
Overall out of the 18 T20Is played between the two sides, Pakistan have won five games, England have won 12 matches while one match was abandoned due to rain.
The tourists will pin their hopes on experienced Mohammad Hafeez to score runs as the all-rounder has featured in 12 matches against England scoring 289 runs at 28.90 which included two half-centuries with best of 86 not out and a strike-rate of 127.31.
Captain Babar Azam, who is ranked number two in the ICC T20I Batsmen Rankings will be looking to repeat the heroics of third ODI at Edgbaston where he scored a scintillating 158 off 139.
Amongst bowlers, Imad Wasim has picked six wickets from five matches against England, the left-arm spinner’s best figures are two for 17.
Pakistan is currently on fourth spot in the ICC rankings with 261 points while England are at the top with 278 points.