Bangladesh VS Pakistan – 1st Test
Bangladesh and Pakistan meet each other for their first Test in five years at a time when both teams are at a crossroads.
The match will start from 7 Th of February on 10:00 local time (05:00 GMT) at Rawalpindi.
Bangladesh have had a woeful 2019 and are desperate to start off the new year with an improved performance.
Pakistan, on the other hand, have just broken through by playing their first Test at home since 2009, and are also looking to establish themselves for the rest of 2020.
Pakistan’s bowling attack is their strength, led by the steady and accurate Abbas who opens the bowling with Afridi.
Naseem brings extra pace and Yasir Shah adds more experience to the bowling attack, and will be especially handy on a pitch which may be batting-friendly for most of the Test match.
Bangladesh also don’t have a great record against legspin, which is just one of their many problems.
They lost each of the five Tests they played in 2019. They are without two of their best cricketers on this tour. And they have to operate with the worst pace bowling attack in recent memory.
Bangladesh: 1 Tamim Iqbal, 2 Saif Hassan, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mominul Haque (capt), 5 Mohammad Mithun, 6 Mahmudullah, 7 Liton Das (wk), 8 Taijul Islam, 9 Rubel Hossain, 10 Abu Jayed, 11 Ebadot Hossain
Pakistan: 1 Shan Masood, 2 Abid Ali, 3 Azhar Ali (capt) , 4 Babar Azam, 5 Haris Sohail, 6 Asad Shafiq, 7 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 8 Yasir Shah, 9 Mohammad Abbas, 10 Naseem Shah, 11 Shaheen Afridi
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