ISLAMABAD - Pakistan cricket team is all set to face subcontinent rivals Sri Lanka in the first T20 International today. Pakistan squad gets s timely boost in Landi Kotal born 19-year-old Usman Khan Shinwari, who was included in the squad at the eleventh hour on the request of team management. Usman is the fifth seamer in the T20 squad and third left arm fast bowler alongside experienced Sohail Tanvir and rookie Junaid Khan.

Usman's inclusion in the squad would definitely boost Pakistan bowling options as he is fresh from destroying SNGPL team in the final of the Faysal Bank T20 for Departments representing ZTBL. Pakistan bowling was badly exposed against the minnows Afghanistan. That narrow win over lowly Afghan side had left many question marks on green caps otherwise strong bowling attack, which looked pretty ordinary in the absence of M Irfan and Umer Gul, who both are out due to injuries. Sri Lanka are well known for their aggressive style and had caused too many problems for men in green in the past too. Pakistan can't even think about repeating same performance against mighty Lanka as Lankan's would not spare any blunder and would be benefitted from it.

Pakistan batting is their main concern, which is out of form for the last 1-year or so with some individual performances save the blushes on number of occasions. Team management had completely failed in removing batsmen's same mistakes, which they are committing for the last number of matches and led to their downfalls against even ordinary bowlers.

Sri Lankans led by hard hitting middle order batsman Dinesh Chandimal would feel they had bright chance of inflicting defeat on Pakistan in the two T20 Internationals but Pakistan are fully capable of beating any given opponent, if they played like one unit. Pakistan will enter into the first match as underdogs as their recent performances speak volumes about their inefficiency to win back-to-back matches. On the other hand, facing tough opponents in the shape of Sri Lanka could be a blessing in disguise for green caps, as they could roar back into form and blew away the opponents with utmost ease and comfort.

Pakistan instead of playing safely should go all out attacking. Umer Amin and Sharjeel Khan should be dropped and they should be replaced by and Usman Shinwari and Anwar Ali as it would turn the balance of the match in Pakistan's favour. Anwar Ali can bowl well and he is also by no means mug with the willow. Hhis presence in the squad would boost Pakistan chances of hitting lusty blows at the depth overs.