Haider Ali likely to be benched against India in T20 World Cup

October 24, 2021: Aggressive Pakistani batsman Haider Ali will be on the bench today in the opening T20 World Cup match against the arch rivals India at Dubai International Stadium, Dubai.

As both Pakistan and India are playing their first match of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup today, both teams will undoubtedly be under a lot of pressure. Sources said that Pakistan captain Babar Azam has decided to go with more experienced Asif Ali instead of Haider Ali, as far as playing XI is concerned.

Haider Ali’s name was included in the 12-member team which was announced by captain Babar Azam yesterday. According to sources, today’s playing XI of Pakistan will probably be:

Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hassan Ali, Haris Rauf and Shaheen Afridi.

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Earlier today, former India World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev said that Pakistan is a “dangerous” T20 team capable of beating any team in the world. Speaking to ABP News, India’s 1983 World Cup-winning captain said he did not know much about Team Pakistan but only knew how to say “such things” (one team dominates the other). It doesn’t matter. Dev said that all this was to deal with the pressure in the India-Pakistan clashes.

Dev acknowledged that India is a strong point on paper. However, he added that it all depends on whether Kohli’s team will be able to match the rhythm on the field. India and Pakistan have not played each other in two years. The two South Asian heavyweights last clashed in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, when India topped the list.

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Kapil Dev said there would be an element of “uncertainty” when the two sides meet today. The match will start at 7:00 pm Pakistan Standard Time (PKT)..

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