Thursday, 23 February 2012 19:10
KARACHI: Pakistan and England are ready to take each other on in the first Twenty 20 match at the Dubai International Cricket Ground starting on Thursday at 16:00GMT.
Misbah-ul-Haq and Stuart Broad will perform the role of captaincy for their respective teams in an accelerated format of the game.
Awais Zia, a striking left-hander, gets an opportunity as Younis Khan and Azhar Ali went back to home. Zia, the 25 old boy from Chakwal in Punjab, has even been called "the new Boom Boom."
Alaister Cook is the new addition in the England squad after the blistering performance in ODI series against Pakistan scored over 300runs in 4 matches with two centuries
Ground conditions and Pitch
Dubai pitches offered enough pace to encourage hard hitters to make a high-scoring match.
Temperatures in parts of UAE fell as low as 9C in mountainous areas, 12C on the coast, on Tuesday with storm-force winds, sandstorms and rough seas.
Pakistan (expected) Mohammad Hafeez, Hammad Azam, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal (wk), Awais Zia, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Aizaz Cheema
England (expected) Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter (wk) Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn
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