ABU DHABI: Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq on Tuesday won the toss and elected to bat in the first Test against England in Abu Dhabi.
Yasir Shah, due to his back injury, is ruled out of the first match in the United Arab Emirates. In his place, Pakistan included another right-arm pacer Imran Khan.
Earlier on Monday, Misbah told the media that “Yasir’s injury is a concern and could be a jolt,” while adding that they “hope he is okay by tomorrow morning.”
The 29-year-old Shah stumbled in his follow-through and apparently hurt his back.
Misbah admitted England are more prepared this time.
“I think they are more prepared and know what mistakes they committed the last time so we need to also focus and improve our performance. We have to be at our best to be up there.”
Meanwhile, England were also hit by injury to paceman Steven Finn, who took four wickets in the second warm-up game, also in Sharjah.
Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Shoaib Malik, Younus Khan, Misbahul Haq*, Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed†, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqar Babar, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan.
England: Alastair Cook*, Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Johnny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Joss Buttler†, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, James Anderson.