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Pak vs India T20 World Cup clash: 2 changes likely in national team, Saim and Imad return

Pakistan is eager to bounce back after the demoralising defeat against the USA.

Two changes will likely be made in the national team for the crucial match against India in T20 World Cup 2024.

As per the sources, out-of-form Azam Khan and Usman Khan are expected to be replaced by Imad Wasim and Saeem Ayub.

The 19th match of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 will be played today between the Group A teams Pakistan and India at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in New York, the match will start at 7:30 pm (PST).

In the opening match of the mega event, Pakistan suffered an upset defeat at the hands of the host USA. Pakistan set a target of 160 runs for the USA to win. The match was levelled by putting a square.

Owing to Muhammad Amir’s 3 white balls and extra runs in the super over, the USA gave Pakistan a target of 19 runs, the Green Shirts could only score 13 runs for the loss of one wicket, leading to the most humiliating defeat ever in Pakistan’s cricket history.

After the defeat in the previous match, two changes are being considered in the national team, according to the sources. 

Azam Khan, who was dismissed on the first ball against the USA, will not be part of the team in today’s important match. Azam Khan will be replaced by all-rounder Imad Wasim, who has recovered from the injury.

Imad missed Pakistan’s opening game against the US and had also sat out the final match of their pre-tournament series with England due to a rib injury.

But Pakistan coach Gary Kirsten told the pre-match press conference that the 35-year-old left-arm spinner is fit to play on Sunday.

Kirsten also said that Pakistan is eager to bounce back after the demoralising defeat against the USA.

“It’s never nice not winning games of cricket for any player. They’re trying their best. It’s never nice. I don’t think I needed to motivate this team for this game,” he said.

“I think the important thing for us is that we operate genuinely as a team. Yes, we need individuals to make good performances, but playing games like this, I think is a real team effort.

“It’s a big game, so we’re going to treat it as any other game. But certainly, give it our best shot. The team’s motivated. Two days ago was forgotten. We can’t take it back. It’s gone. So, we move on.”

Apart from this, opening batter Saim Ayub is being considered for inclusion in the team instead of Usman Khan.

Probable Playing XI

Pakistan: Babar Azam (c), Saim Ayub, Mohammad Rizwan, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Usman Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Abrar Ahmed, Mohammad Abbas Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi and Haris Rauf.

India: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya (vc), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj

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