Pakistan likely to add Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali for World Cup face-off with England

NOTTINGHAM: With an aim to add experience and power-hitting in the line-up, Pakistan is likely to include all-rounder Shoaib Malik and Asif Ali in the final XI for Monday's World Cup match against England.

Pakistan went down against West Indies by seven wickets in its opening match at Trent Bridge on Friday. Now, however, they are now looking to make a strong comeback with a better team combination in the face-off against England.

Malik, a veteran of 284 ODIs and former captain, is likely to be added in squad along with hard-hitting batter Ali in the final XI against Monday. The duo would replace Haris Sohail and Imad Wasim from the squad that played West Indies.

Sohail was able to only score eight while Wasim bagged just one run in Pakistan’s opening encounter against West Indies earlier.

Further, former players had earlier expressed their surprise over the non-inclusion of Ali in the team for WI game.

“Asif is a pure hitter and Pakistan team needs a hitter in the line-up,” Wasim Akram had told this correspondent earlier.