DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Selection Panel of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced the 15-man squad for the upcoming Test Series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
The series will consist of three Test matches. The opening match will be a day/night fixture at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, from Thursday, October 13 to Monday, October 17.
This will be the first time both teams play a Test match under lights using the pink ball.
The other matches at: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi (Friday, October 21 to Tuesday, October 25) and Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sunday, October 30 to Thursday, November 3).
FULL SQUAD Jason Holder (captain), Kraigg Brathwaite (vice captain), Devendra Bishoo Jermaine Blackwood,, Carlos Brathwaite, Darren Bravo Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Leon Johnson Alzarri Joseph, Marlon Samuels, Jomel Warrican
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC) − West Indies one-day players arriving here over the weekend trained with the full unit for the first time yesterday, as they fine-tuned their preparation for the start of the three-match series in Sharjah next Friday.The contingent of left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn, batsmen Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo and Jonathan Carter, along with fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, off-spinner Ashley Nurse and wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin, arrived here Friday to link up with the other members of the ODI squad who are contesting the ongoing Twenty20 series.
Before this match, Pakistan had won 24 out of 27 T20Is defending 150-plus. On Saturday, they posted 160, which was 22 more than the average first-innings score at this venue. That meant West Indies had to achieve the highest successful chase to take the series into a decider. On paper, it was advantage Pakistan, but cricket is played out on the field, sometimes on greasy ones because of heavy dew that negates any advantage teams batting first conjure.
On these outfields, it isn't unusual to see teams trying to overachieve while batting first in their quest to negate the dew factor. Perhaps the experience of having played their home matches here since 2009 helped Pakistan set a clear mandate. If Shoaib Malik provided the fire through swift foot work and muscular hits in his 28-ball 37, top-scorer Sarfaz proved to be the ice in a 69-run stand off just 46 balls to drive the innings.
The portents were clear from the first over, after Pakistan chose to field. Taking the new ball, Wasim had opener Evin Lewis top-edge a catch to deep midwicket in the first over. In his next over, he accounted for Andre Fletcher and Marlon Samuels to leave West Indies at 16 for 3. A raft of balls fizzed through and thudded into the pad, drawing appeals from an ever-present slip and captain Sarfraz Ahmed. Looking at the scorecard, it may have appeared that Wasim was bowling magic balls. Truth be told, he didn't turn them much. Instead, he relied on accuracy and drift to run through West Indies.
Fletcher attempted a low-percentage slog against the drift and was bowled. Samuels' technique of camping back in the crease was exposed again when he was trapped plumb in front by a full slider. Wasim alternated between a good length and a full length and kept attacking the stumps. West Indies didn't quite know how to counter that
Bowling coach, Roddy Estwick, says West Indies are still not pleased with their execution in all departments and will be working to improve these areas in the build up to today’sopening Twenty20 International against Pakistan.
The Windies easily beat an Emirates Cricket Board XI by 22 runs in their only tour game on Tuesday and Estwick said this outing had highlighted deficiencies which needed to be corrected. ”[The game] was a good work out for us because it was the first time we’ve been out in the middle since we’ve been here so we’re happy with that,” Estwick told reporters here. ”But there are areas to improve and we’re going to try and make sure that over the next few days we try and utilise all the facilities and get it absolutely right.” One area of concern would have been the Windies’ batting. Over the first half of their innings, they struggled against the left-arm spin of Ahmed Raza and were meandering at 74 for four in the 11th over.