WIndies to field as global cricket returns to Karachi

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The three-game series will be played on 1st, 2nd and 3rd April with National Stadium in Karachi being the venue.

After a gap of nine years, National Stadium in Karachi will host an worldwide game as home team Pakistan take on West Indies in the three-match T20I series.

Pakistan, on the other hand, will field full strength team. "While he will be the primary wicketkeeper in the squad, we also have available Chadwick Walton and Andre Fletcher as back up". West Indies have, at present, a sizeable Barbadian contingent in their regular starting line-up, including their captain Holder, but he, as well as the likes of Shai Hope, Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse do not feature.

Pakistan are also expected to blood a few youngsters. "We are really happy that we will be playing an global match at our home ground after so many years and are confident to perform well".

Experts believe that Pakistan, who are now top-ranked in the T20 rankings, will be overwhelming favourites going into the series given their recent form and strong team combination.

Windies (From): Chadwick Walton, Andre Fletcher, Marlon Samuels, Rovman Powell, Jason Mohammed (c), Denesh Ramdin (w), Rayad Emrit, Kesrick Williams, Samuel Badree, Keemo Paul, Odean Smith, Andre McCarthy, Veerasammy Permaul.

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For their remarkable performances in the third edition of the PSL, four uncapped players - Rahat Ali, Hussain Talat, Asif Ali, and Shaheen Shinwari - were included in the line-up.

"I have been working in the camp to improve my skill set".

Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said at a meeting at CM House on Thursday that arrangements for PSL were excellent for which all departments and officers deserved praise but "we have to further improve upon them so that spectators can be saved from long queues".

While talking about the playing conditions in Karachi, Talat said cricketers should be ready for any challenge. "That is what the attitude of every player should be".

Jubilant fans in Karachi have welcomed the historic tour of West Indies to the cricket-starved city.

Even in terms of previous bilateral encounters in T20 Cricket, Pakistan have been the dominant side over West Indies.

Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, said his panel had "fully accepted" the position of those players opting out of the tour but believed the replacements were fitting.

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