Pakistan braced for West Indies backlash

After winning T20I series, Men in Green ready for reaction from hosts


Nabil Tahir April 07, 2017
MUST BE WARY: While Pakistan have been impressive in the shortest format of the game, their record against the Caribbean outfit in ODIs — 58 wins out of 131 matches — is not as impressive. PHOTO: AFP

KARACHI: After securing a 3-1 win in the T20I series, the Men in Green are expecting a strong reaction from hosts West Indies in the three-match ODI series, which begins today.

The West Indies side was brought down by Pakistan’s bowling attack of Wahab Riaz, Hassan Ali, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim, and the visitors will be looking to do more of the same in the one-day series.

Much like the T20I squad, the ODI one also welcomes new faces who have been impressing in the domestic circuit of late and includes Asif Zakir, Fakhar Zaman, Muhammad Asghar and Fahim Ashraf.

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The 33-year-old Zakir, who has an average of 44.69 in list-A matches with a highest score of 176 not out, is eying a strong start to his international career.

“I have been waiting for this moment for a long time and now that I have got the opportunity, I want to make the best of this chance and show what I can do for Pakistan,” Zakir told The Express Tribune. “West Indies, after losing the T20I series, will be looking for revenge in the ODI series and we are prepared for them.”

While Pakistan have been impressive in the shortest format of the game, their record against the Caribbean outfit in ODIs — 58 wins out of 131 matches — is not as impressive.

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And former Test cricketer Shoaib Muhammad believes that Pakistan should keep that mind and play attacking cricket from the onset if they want to trouble the West Indies.

“The top three batsmen need to take the attack to the opposition in order to catch the hosts off-guard,” Shoaib told The Express Tribune. “Our batsmen shouldn’t just survive against the new ball; one of the opening three batsmen needs to score big in order to provide a strong foundation for our middle-order to score quick runs.”

COMMENTS (2)

Shamshad Nabi | 4 years ago | Reply West Indies will be fielding a very weak side for the ODIs series . most of their best players are playing in the indian Premier League . If Pakistan doesn't win all the ODI matches against this very much weakened West Indies ODi Team they indeed deserve to bein the bottom of the pile amongst the ODI Teams of the world .
israr | 4 years ago | Reply top 3 must contribute and get the strike rate up so we are looking at 50/1 in 12 and 100 in 25 then a gradual build up to make it 180 by 35th and with wickets in hand we can look to score 270 -300 in last 15 overs however the key issues for Pakistan has been the top 3 getting out quickly also the middle order from 4-6 need to construct partnership, in an ideal scenario u have ur no 7-9 come in and smash quick 40-50 in last 6 but not with this Pakistani side, not sure what is Imad wasim doing he needs to score quickly and is fahim ashraf going to play? he seems good enough player to me
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