SHARJAH: Pakistan captain Shadab Khan won the toss and opted to bat in the first T20 international against Afghanistan at Sharjah Stadium on Friday.
Pakistan, who have rested five key players including skipper Babar Azam, have handed T20I debuts to opener Saim Ayub, batter Tayyab Tahir, and fast bowlers Ihsanullah and Zaman Khan.
Afghanistan have included three pacers and as many spinners in their line-up.
The remaining matches are also in Sharjah, on Sunday and Monday.
Pakistan: Shadab Khan (captain), Mohammad Haris, Saim Ayub, Abdullah Shafique, Tayyab Tahir, Azam Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Naseem Shah, Ihsanullah, Zaman Khan
Afghanistan: Rashid Khan (captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Ibrahim Zadran, Najibullah Zadran, Karim Janat, Mohammad Nabi, Azmatullah Omarzai, Gulbadin Naib, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Naveen-ul-Haq
Umpires: Ahmed Shah Pakteen (AFG) and Bismillah Jan Shinwari (AFG)
TV umpire: Akbar Ali
Match referee: Hamim Talwar (AFG)