Sarfraz grateful as Windies fly to Karachi

01 April, 2018, 03:36 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Mohammed will be leading in Brathwaite's absence

Sarfraz said he plans on using the series to try out new combinations for the busy season that lies ahead. Except for Shoaib Malik and Hafeez Bhai, all players are young and we are carrying them. "We expect the series to be highly competitive".

Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo chose to skip the series due to security concerns but the West Indies have still brought a strong squad along.

Earlier this month Karachi successfully hosted the final of the popular Pakistan Super League (PSL), becoming the second major venue to host worldwide matches after Lahore hosted Zimbabwe in 2015. No major teams have toured there since the Sri Lanka team was attacked by terrorists in 2009 in Lahore.

Cricket West Indies, who acknowledged the series for the first time two days ago while announcing the squad, said they had been assured by independent security advisors Eastern Star International that "risk is manageable and can be mitigated to an acceptable level". "It was heartening to see the way people responded to the PSL (Pakistan Super League)".

Jason Mohammed, 31, who has so far played six T20Is and 26 one-day internationals, will lead the 13-man squad, comprising four newcomers in Andre McCarthy, a middle-order batsman, pacers Odean Smith and Keemo Paul (who recently made his ODI debut), and Veerasammy Permaul, the left-arm spinner who has played Tests and ODIs but not T20Is.

"We saw a big crowd in the PSl final so I hope they will come in big numbers for the Twenty20 series".

As the West Indies cricket team could not get all seats in one flight it was chose to travel in two groups through different flights from Dubai to Karachi.

"The people of Karachi should courageous these issues and still come to the ground so that a positive message goes to the world", he said.

The best ranked T20 side partake in their first bilateral series since touring New Zealand in January, but what makes this one a tad more special is that it officially marks the return of worldwide cricket to the country for the first time since 2009. For me the real excitement was when the whole stadium was reciting the national anthem.

At only 26, few players can brag about the kind of pedigree that Shehzad does, and the Lahore native is looking upbeat upon returning to the squad last April after a considerable spell out with fitness layoffs and disciplinary issues.

Speaking about the upcoming series, Sarfraz admitted that he is confident his bowlers will rise to the occasion.

Talking to newsmen, Chairman Pakistan Cricket Board Najam Sethi said that all three matches of T-20 series will be held in Karachi on 1st, 2nd and 3rd of next month, for which West Indian team is arriving Pakistan on Saturday.



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