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West Indies will begin its tour of Pakistan with a 3-match T20 series that begins with the 1st T20 match at Karachi on 1st April. After the very successful Pakistan Super League T20 domestic competition, which saw several star players from the local team as well as overseas featuring in the various leagues, the country is geared up to host this T20I series after a long time. Both sides will field well-balanced teams with experienced and talented players, who could give them the edge to overcome the challenges and help dominate the opposition here. It needs to be seen which side can keep a cool head above its shoulders and emerge victorious on Sunday.
Three uncapped players, who excelled in the recently concluded PSL tournament, have been selected for the national T20 team for the West Indies series. Asif Ali, the middle-order batsman who played crucial roles in helping reach targets, all-rounder Hussain Talat and left-arm bowler Shaheen Afridi could make their T20I debut and bring their talents to the table.
Wicket-keeper batsman Sarfraz Ahmed will lead the side that consists of players like Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman and Shoaib Malik. The pace attack will feature left-arm seamers Mohammad Amir, Rahat Ali, Usman Khan and right-arm speedster Hasan Ali. Spinners Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz and bowling all-rounder Faheem Ashraf will add depth to the attack. All-rounders like Malik and Asif Ali could bring variety to the bowling squad.
Pakistan is hosting a T20I after a gap of two years and is expected to deliver well in front of the home audience; they could come out all guns blazing here to dominate the Windies.
F Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali.
The batting line-up has experienced players like Andre Fletcher, Chadwick Walton, Chris Gayle, Jason Mohammed, all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Marlon Samuels among others. Wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope and youngster Shimron Hetmyer along with others like Rovman Powell could steady the middle-order. They have done well in the World Cup qualifiers recently and made it through to the championship despite losing the finals to Afghanistan in a well-fought contest.
The spin attack will feature ace spinner Samuel Badree, Nikita Miller, Devendra Bishoo and Ashley Nurse while pacers like Kesrick Williams, Brathwaite, Keemo Paul and Kemar Roach could provide regular breakthroughs against the hosts to keep them in check.
West Indies have had a successful run during the world cup qualifiers this year, with batsmen like Rovman Powell, Hetmyer and Gayle scoring hundreds while fast-bowler Kemar Roach bagged a total of 11 wickets to help win all the group matches and qualify for the world cup. They will be determined to put their best foot forward in the upcoming series.
Jason Mohammed, ADS Fletcher , Rovman Powell, MN Samuels, Keemo Paul, Denesh Ramdin, KOK Williams, V Permaul, CAK Walton, RR Emrit, Samuel Badree.
Pakistan has a well-rounded team with several match-winners and a talented lot of youngsters, who are eager to shine in front of their cheering fans; although Windies, too, pack a punch when it comes to T20 cricket, we feel that the hosts are clear favorites to dominate and win the match on Sunday.