Imran, who is also a former captain of the Pakistan cricket team, left for his first foreign trip as prime minister on Wednesday and reports indicate that watching the highly anticipated match at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium is on his itinerary.
But Umar recently said an International Monetary Fund rescue was a "fallback option" and that the government was exploring other avenues for assistance, which was broadly interpreted as Islamabad seeking help from China and Saudi Arabia, both of which have provided vast loans in the past.
Khan, accompanied by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Finance Minister Asad Umar, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry and Adviser for Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood, is also scheduled to perform Umrah during his two-day stay in Saudi Arabia. "I assure you that we have to meet our target of 30 billion rupees every year and we will meet more than our target as all Pakistanis have been mobilised today". Thus, Khan's announcement in Karachi came as a surprise to many.
Possible help from the Saudis could include a large direct loan or offering oil on deferred payments, analysts have suggested.
He will hold wide-ranging talks with the King and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense. This issue has been going on for a very long time.
He said Islamabad had allied with Riyadh in its rivalry with Tehran in recent decades, but there had been a recent thaw with Iran led by Pakistan's military. Bengali refugees in Pakistan, which include the Rohingya community, would also be granted citizenship.
"The UAE and the Saudis have the same policy when it comes to Pakistan", he said.
The fleet includes 27 bullet-resistant vehicles and several non-protected ones - both latest and vintage models - one of which was sold for 1.1 million rupees soon after the auction started, according to reports.