Pakistan newbie Ahsan Ali said that he was excited to open the batting alongside modern-day great Babar Azam in the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh.
The-26-year-old earned his maiden T20I call-up for the three-match T20I series in Lahore after both the openers (Fakhar Zaman and Imam Ul Haq) failed to impress the chief selector Misbah Ul Haq in Australia series.
Ahsan Ali, who is yet to make his international debut, has played 41 T20 matches in which he has scored 949 runs.
The right-handed batsman has an average of 23.72 and strike-rate of 130 with five half-centuries to his name.
Representing Quetta Gladiators in the last two seasons of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), Ahsan has played some crucial knocks.
Ahan Ali, the Sindh-born right-handed batsman, is excited to play alongside Pakistan skipper Babar Azam in the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh.
In an interview with the Pakpassion.net, Ahsan Ali said,
“Babar Azam is a big player; he is the world number one batsman. It will be a proud moment for me to open the batting with Babar Azam on debut, and I will get to learn a lot from him because he has experience.”
Meanwhile, Misbah Ul Haq, the head-coach-cum chief selector of Pakistan cricket team, is busy experimenting with new faces in almost every series after taking charge.
The home series against Sri Lanka saw the comeback of Ahmad Shahzad and Umar Akmal. Both of them failed to make their way to the squad against Australia.
Now, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez have returned to the side with the chief selector making seven changes to the side.
This twist and turn could cost Pakistan an early exit from the ICC T20 World Cup 2020.
At present, Pakistan is set to face Bangladesh for three T20Is in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore from January 24-27.
The series is a handy chance for the newbies like Ahsan Ali, Amad Butt, and Usman Qadir to prove their worth and put their hands up for the ICC T20 World Cup 2020.