KARACHI: West Indies won the toss and elected to bowl first against Pakistan in the first Twenty20 International (T20I) fixture of the three-match series in Karachi, ARY News reported.
Asif Ali and Hussain Talat are making debut for Pakistan side, while a new combination of opening batsmen is tested for the first match.
Pakistan take on West Indies in their home ground after 12 years with an aim of sending a positive image of the country to the world and to firm their position at the top of the T20I ranking.
Hussain Tallat and Asif Ali T20I debut cap presentation ceremony.@waqyounis99 presented the national team cap to Hussain while @iramizraja handed over the cap to Asif#PAKvWI #ApnaKhelApneGhar pic.twitter.com/eOgRua9IV2
— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) April 1, 2018
The top-ranked Pakistan side will take on a much weakened reigning World T20 Champions without their star players except Marlon Samuels and Samuel Badree at the National Stadium Karachi in the first of three-match T20I series on 1st April.
Pakistan are likely to give a go to their latest Pakistan Super League (PSL) discoveries, Hussain Talat and Asif Ali, which will create a great blend of young and experienced players.
On the other hand, under the captaincy of Jason Mohammed, West Indies will be relying heavily on their experienced players like Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Fletcher and capable Chadwick Walton. Whereas, Samuel Badree can be their go-to weapon with the ball.
West Indies have produced exciting talent throughout, Pakistan will not take them lightly as all of their players are capable of winning the game for their team single-handedly.
“West Indies are not weak,” said Sarfraz Ahmed earlier. “[In fact], we cannot take any team lightly in the shortest format.”
Sarfraz Ahmed has already revealed that his goal in the series is to increase their lead at the top of the table. They have to beat West Indies 3-0 to leave Australia, the second-ranked side, four points behind.
It will be first international encounter in the National Stadium Karachi since 2009, Sarfraz Ahmed played his last game in his home ground back in 2008, so there will be certainly some nerves for Pakistani players.
Pakistan will be hoping for a flamboyant start from Ahmed Shehzad and Fakhar Zaman, whereas, they will be hoping to see fiery spells from Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali. Whereas, Shadab Khan has troubled men from the Caribbean in the past and the playing conditions will also be helpful for him.
On the other hand, Andre Fletcher, Chadwick Walton, Marlon Samuels and Jason Mohammed can be potential threats for Pakistan.