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Pakistan’s white-ball captain, Babar Azam, has put an end to the speculation surrounding the opening pair for the first T20I against England.

Speaking at a press conference, Azam revealed that he will likely bat at number three in the match scheduled for May 22 in Leeds. “I think you should wait till tomorrow, but I will play at number three most likely,” Babar stated when questioned about his batting order.

This announcement quashes the rumours of Pakistan reverting to the opening pair of Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan, especially amidst Saim Ayub’s recent struggles. With Azam at three, it is expected that Mohammad Rizwan will open the innings alongside Saim Ayub.


During the press conference, Pakistan’s skipper also defended his bowlers, acknowledging their occasional lapses but expressing confidence in their ability to bounce back.

“Yes, we are making some mistakes in patches, but we have talked about this in detail. We have experienced bowlers who are some of the best in the world. They know how to execute plans and make comebacks after a bad performance,” he said.

In a boost to the team’s morale, Babar Azam also confirmed that fast bowler Haris Rauf has recovered and will be available for the series against England. “We have been given clearance for Haris [Rauf]. He is available for the series and you all will see him in action.”

The series against England will be crucial for Pakistan’s preparations for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup, scheduled to be played in the West Indies and the USA.

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