ABU DHABI: England won the toss and elected to bat in their first one-day international match against Pakistan at Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Wednesday.
Pakistan, who won the preceding three-match Test series 2-0, will be in a tight corner as they seek huge improvement in their one-day rankings, in order to lift themselves for the 2019 World Cup to be held in England.
Besides hosts England, seven other top-ranked sides as of 30 September 2017, will qualify directly for the World Cup, the only way Pakistan can move up the order is by winning matches against the higher-ranked sides.
Pakistan, currently ranked eighth as compared to England’s sixth, will be hoping they do not repeat their below-par performances they gave in 2012 when they were blanked 4-0 in the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan: Azhar Ali (capt), Bilal Asif, Mohammad Hafeez, Younis Khan, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Irfan
England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (capt), James Taylor, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Reece Topley