Pakistan likely playing XI for first T20I against Ireland

Pakistan is expected to field a balanced side with a mix of experience and emerging talent

Pakistan likely playing XI for first T20I against Ireland PHOTO: PCB

Pakistan is gearing up for the upcoming T20I series against Ireland with a strong and well-balanced squad. The team is set to field a likely XI for the first T20I match that shows a mix of experienced players and young talent, under the leadership of captain Babar Azam.

Babar Azam will lead the side and open the innings alongside the promising left-hander Saim Ayub. Mohammad Rizwan, who will don the wicketkeeping gloves, is likely to bat at number three, providing stability to the batting order.

The middle order comprises powerful hitters like Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, and all-rounder Shadab Khan, offering the team a solid foundation for scoring runs and accelerating the innings when required.

Imad Wasim will bring his experience and skills as an all-rounder to the squad, while either Irfan Niazi or Salman Agha could fill the other all-rounder slot, providing the team with additional depth and options in both batting and bowling.

Pakistan's pace attack is one of its strengths, led by the fiery Shaheen Afridi, who will be supported by Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah. The trio's ability to take early wickets and contain the opposition in the powerplay will be crucial for the team's success. 

It is worth noting that left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir was unable to join the national cricket team due to a visa delay for Ireland. 

Pakistan's likely XI:
Babar Azam (C), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Usman Khan, Shadab Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Irfan Niazi/Salman Agha, Haris Rauf, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah

Schedule of Ireland vs Pakistan:
May 10: First T20I at Clontarf
May 12: Second T20I at Clontarf
May 14: Third T20I at Clontarf