Nepal captain Rohit Paudel said it was a “historic moment” for his country to compete against the heavyweights of cricket. Nepal qualified for the Asia Cup after beating United Arab Emirates in the final of the qualifier. Pakistan topped the International Cricket Council’s ODI rankings after it whitewashed Afghanistan 3-0 in the recent series. Pakistan packed its playing XI with frontline players, with the likes of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah forming a formidable pace attack.
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam (c), Mohammad Rizwan (w), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf.