After falling short of 12 runs in their first match against Sri Lanka, Pakistan would certainly be itching to get hands on the first points against Afghanistan, who are making their debut with this edition of Asia Cup 2014. Afghanistan has been included in the 12th Asia Cup 2014 Edition after they qualified for the World Cup taking place next year. They would like to prove their selection and worth in this tournament and in general.
Afghanistan might be new in terms of experience at the international level but this enthusiastic bunch of players lack no depth in talent. And Pakistan might not want to take chance against their gritty neighbours who are quite familiar with the playing conditions in Bangladesh courtesy their participation in various tournaments including Bangladesh Premier League.
Pakistan would like leave the frustrating defeat behind in order to make their stay longer in the tournament. Fatullah ground does not have much for the pace attack but the team would expect a fiery spell like that of Sri Lankan paceman Lasith Malinga in the first match from their rising speedster Junaid Khan. The expectations would be high from spinner Saeed Ajmal on this spinner friendly track.
Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Sharjeel Khan, Shahid Afridi, Umar Akmal(wk), Sohaib Maqsood, Fawad Alam, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul Rehman, Junaid Khan, Umar Gul, Anwar Ali, Bilawal Bhatti, Mohammad Talha.
Afghanistan: Mohammad Nabi (captain), Naowroz Mangal, Asghar Stanikzai, Dawlat Zadran, Fazal Niazai, Hamid Hassan, Hamza Hotak, Karim Sadiq, Mirwaiz Ashraf, Mohammad Shahzad (wk), Najibullah Zadran, Noor Ali Zadran, Rahmat Shah, Samiullah Shenwari, Shapoor Zadran.