Bangladesh are playing leg-spinner Aminul Islam and three pace bowlers -- Taskin Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam in the match. Saif Hassan makes his debut in the match while Najmul Hossain Shanto returns into the team after a long time. He played his last T20I match against New Zealand at Auckland on 1 April.
Shakib Al Hasan is not featuring in the squad due to injury while veteran Mushfiqur Rahim has been “rested” as “fresh Mushfiqur will be required in the coming Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand,” said chief selector Mihajul Abedin Nannu.
The selectors axed Liton Das and Soumya Sarkar for their performances in the recently concluded T20 World Cup.
Pakistan has chosen to rest Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Local fans for the first time are allowed to witness the match live from the stadium since the start of the pandemic. Around 50 per cent of tickets against the stadium’s capacity are available for the fans who have been inoculated twice with Covid-19 vaccine.
Bangladesh: 1 Mohammad Naim, 2 Saif Hassan, 3 Najmul Hossain Shanto, 4 Mahmudullah (capt), 5 Afif Hossain, 6 Nurul Hasan (wk), 7 Shoriful Islam, 8 Taskin Ahmed, 9 Aminul Islam, 10 Mahedi Hasan, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Pakistan: 1 Babar Azam (capt), 2 Mohammad Rizwan (wk), 3 Fakhar Zaman, 4 Haider Ali, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Khushdil Shah, 7 Mohammad Nawaz, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Hasan Ali, 10 Haris Rauf, 11 Mohammad Wasim Jr