The cricket match-up in the Twenty20 International and Test series between the West Indies and Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates may be dubbed “the tale of the unpredictables.”
The first of the three T20Is will get on the way at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday (September 23).
West Indies currently wears the ICC World T20 2016 crown as the reigning champion, a title they won in Mumbai earlier this year.
No doubt, therefore, the Windies will fancy their chances going up against the 7th ranked Pakistanis.
However, the Windies cannot afford to take the Pakistan team for granted as under new skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, the team packs a lot of power and with the return to their side of Umar Akmal, the classy right-hand batsman, there is no telling of what could happen on Friday.
West Indies captain Carlos Brathwaite seems fully aware of the ammunition of the opposition and has urged caution despite having bragging rights.
“The media and the public always say we are both unpredictable so hopefully we’ll get three very good unpredictable games from both teams. We will play them with due respect and draw up a plan for each player and it’s about execution when we get out on the park,” said Brathwaite.
Pakistan is coming off a recent nine-wicket win against England in a one-off T20I game.
So, too, West Indies has just won against India in a two T20Is match-up.
That said, Windies will be playing without a number of their star players who helped them win the World T20 championship — missing players include Darren Sammy, Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons, and Andre Russell, formidable members.
Notwithstanding, it will be a fascinating encounter and fans should brace themselves for some exciting and entertaining cricket.
The second match will also follow on Saturday with the third in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
The teams will play three one-day internationals and three Tests.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt), Khalid Latif, Sharjeel Khan, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, Babar Azam, Mohammad Nawaz, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Sohail Tanvir, Rumman Raees, Umar Akmal, Saad Nasim
West Indies: Carlos Brathwaite (capt), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (PAK) and Shozab Raza (PAK)
Tv umpire: Ahmed Shahab (PAK)
Match referee: Andy Pycroftt (ZIM)
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau
Edited by Jesus Chan
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