Both Pakistan and Bangladesh will be looking to begin their three-match series on a victorious note when they lock horn in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on Friday. 

Pakistan, who managed a solitary win in their nine completed T20Is last year, can only retain their top position in ICC T20I Ranking only if they secure a 3-0 win in this series. Their failure to secure a whitewash will see them lose their world no.1 status to Australia. 

In a bid to bolster their batting-line, Pakistan have recalled experienced all-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, who both are expected to feature in the opening game. 

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They are also expected to hand T20I international debuts to seam bowling all-rounder Haris Rauf and batsman Ahsan Ali. All-rounder Amad Butt will also been in contention to earn his maiden international cap. 

Shaheen Shah Afridi will Mohammad Hasnain, and Rauf are expected to form a three-pronged pace attack. Shadab Khan and Usman Qadir are two specialists spinners in their side. 

Bangladesh, meanwhile, suffered a 2-1 loss to India in a three-match home series in October last year. They have brought back flamboyant opener Tamim Iqbal, who had last featured the country in July. The left-hander, along with skipper Mahmudullah, is the only player part of the Bangladesh side that visited Pakistan in April 2008. 

The visitors are without wicketkeeper-batsman Mushifqur Rahim, who refused to visit Pakistan citing security concerns. In his absence, Liton Das will take charge behind the stumps. 

They have also recalled experienced seamer Rubel Hossain; however, he is unlikely to feature in Friday’s game. Al-Amin Hossain is likely to share pace responsibilities with Mustafizur Rahman.  

This will be the 11th T20 international meeting between the two sides, with Pakistan leading head-to-head record with a win-loss tally of 8-2. They last met in the Super 8 stage of ICC World T20 2016, when Pakistan registered a 55-run win. 

Probable XIs: 

Pakistan: 

Ahsan Ali, Babar Azam, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Hasnain

Bangladesh: 

Mahmudullah (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Afif Hossain, Liton Das (wk), Shafiul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman, Al-Amin Hossain, Mohammad Naim, Soumya Sarkar, Mahedi Hasan, Aminul Islam

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