Naseem Shah (L) and Shaheen Afrid during a practice session.
20-year-old Afridi and 17-year-old Shah are on their maiden tour of England and Pakistan have pinned their hopes on the duo's young shoulders to trouble the high-profile batting line-up of the hosts.
"The way Naseem and Shaheen have bowled in recent series, I as captain feel very lucky to have them in my squad," Ali said during a PCB podcast as per Cricket Pakistan.
"The best thing is that we have experience in the shape of Abbas. Sohail Khan is also on this tour and he is also sharing his experience with the players.
"I think our bowlers will get a lot of advantage. Yasir Shah is there as well who has ample experience. He is a leg-spinner and his guidance for young players is also very important," he added.
This will be Pakistan's first series after coronavirus stoppage while England will be coming into the series after registering a thrilling 2-1 series win over West Indies in the #raisethebat series.
Ali played down any concerns with respect to lack of proper match practice for the visitors ahead of the series. He stated that players are slowly and steadily regaining their rhythm and will be ready when the series begins.
"Sometimes you score runs and sometimes you don't. Our players however seem to be in good touch. The balance of the side is also very good. Pakistan always performs well in England," the 35-year-old said.
"Because of coronavirus we have been in lockdown for quite some time. This has been a challenging experience and in the start the players did seem a little rusty in camps especially in terms of bowling.
"Slowly but surely, we are getting better with training and the players are recovering their form. The workload for the fast-bowlers has been good," he added.
The first Test between the two teams will be played in Manchester starting from Aug.5 while the final two Tests are scheduled to be played in Southampton from Aug.13 and Aug.21 respectively.
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