West Indies stars to face Pakistan in upcoming four-match tour
Published - Mar 15, 2017 12:16 pm | Updated - Mar 15, 2017 12:17 pm
Seasoned spinner Sunil Narine will represent the West Indies against Pakistan in the upcoming four-match T20I series in the West Indies, starting in the second half of this month. Pakistan will play four T20Is, three ODIs and three Test matches in the island country and the first of the T20Is take place on March 26 at Kensington Oval in Barbados. Remaining three matches are scheduled to be played at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port-of-Spain.
Fellow Trinidadians Keiron Pollard, Lendl Simmons, Samuel Badree and Evin Lewis will also feature alongside Narine in the league. Carlos Brathwaite will lead the Caribbean team. Brathwaite is yet to put up a good show after his heroic four sixes off four balls against England in the World T20 finals at Eden Gardens last year. Dwayne Bravo will miss the series due to his leg injury.
The rest of the team comprises of players who faced Pakistan in the last international T20 tournament for the West Indies in the United Arab Emirates last November. Simmons was out of cricketing action for the last few months owing to injuries. But he is now fit and expected to play an integral role in this series.
Pollard has been in good form of late. Initially, the West Indies were to play two matches against the Pakistanis but the series itinerary was revised and two more matches were included to make it a four-match series. This change was made as the two previously advertised games for Fort Lauderdale had to be called off because of visa crisis faced by the Pakistani players.
On the other hand, it is also known that PCB invited the West Indies cricket team to Pakistan for two matches but they refused to travel citing security concerns. Then the Fort Lauderdale games were called off, and thus both cricket boards mutually decided to add on the two extra games in the West Indies.