Manchester: (Dunya) The first match of the three-Test series between England and Pakistan cricket teams will start from today in Old Trafford, Manchester.
After the toss at 2.30 pm, the match will start at 3 pm Pakistan time for which the national team has been announced. 16 players have managed to make a place in the team. Azhar Ali holds the crown of leadership.
Three openers have been included in the team, including Abid Ali, Imam-ul-Haq and Shaun Masood. There is a strong possibility that Abid Ali will replace Imam-ul-Haq in the first Test. One-down position will be taken by captain Azhar Ali.
In the middle order, the batting load will be borne by vice-captain Babar Azam, senior batsman Asad Shafiq, two wicket-keepers have been selected, and the former captain from Mohammad Rizwan and Sarfraz will sit in the pavilion in the first match.
Fawad Alam has also managed to make a place in the 16-member squad, two spinners have been included in the team, Shadab is also likely to be fielded along with Yasir Shah while Kashif Bhatti will be in charge of watering the players. Among the fast bowlers, Muhammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah and Sohail Khan have managed to make a place.