Pakistan vs. Bangladesh: T20 kicks off with Bangladesh skipper's winning toss. Photograph:( AFP )
Home team lost the toss to Bangladesh cricket captain Mahmudullah Riyad; Opener Ahsan Ali and pacer Haris Rauf sent in first.
The first T20 International match is taking place in Lahore with hosts Pakistan taking on Bangladesh. Pakistan captain Babar Azam lost the toss to Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah Riyad as the visitors chose to bat first.
Azam has vehemently defended his decision to recall veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik, stating that the mere presence of the experienced duo should help the team in their pursuit of winning the T20 series.
[ Bangladesh's Liton Das (R); Pakistan's wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan (L) (Courtesy: AFP) ]
"I felt that we needed these two (Malik, Hafeez) seniors. They were part of the number one team last year," he said. "I gave my opinion to the selectors and they heard me. Their presence will help me and the team. I will learn from them on captaincy as well," Babar added.
The remaining two matches are also set to be played in Lahore.