Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah won the toss Monday and elected to bat first in the third Twenty20 cricket international against Pakistan in a bid to end a losing streak.
After clinching the best-of-three series, Pakistan made four changes to its starting lineup with its four-wicket and eight-wicket victories in the first two games.
Sarfaraz Ahmed, Iftikhar Ahmed and Usman Qadir, and rookie fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani were selected to replace Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Shoaib Malik.
Bangladesh made three changes, including a T20 international debut to pacer Shohidul Islam. Left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed and batsman Shamim Hossain were also drafted into for the third T20. Fast bowlers Mustafizur Rahman, Shoriful Islam, and batsman Saif Hassan were left out.
Dahani, the debutant, took 20 wickets in 11 matches while playing for Multan Sultans in the Pakistan Super League 2021. The 23-year old pacer is the 95th player to play for Pakistan in the shortest format of the game.
Ahead of the match, he spoke to his proud mother, who wished him luck. “It’s my debut day; I’m excited beyond words. I could not sleep the entire night,” Dahani said. “I had a video call with my mother, and she was elated.”
“Representing the nation is every player’s dream – to perform for the nation, play and win games for it. This day was long-awaited, and my dream is going to come true today. I wish I had my family members around, and I would have debuted in front of their eyes. Unfortunately, they are not here in Bangladesh, so [I’m] missing them.”
“I loved playing cricket always; never lost hope and just carried on pursuing my passion dedicatedly. The Almighty has been very kind. I am going to become the first player to represent Pakistan from Larkana, so it’s a massive and proud achievement for me.”