JAMAICA – The first test of the three-match series between Pakistan and West Indies will be played on Friday (today) at Sabina Park in Jamaica.
The match will begin at 08:00 PM on Pakistan Standard Time while 10:00 AM (local) and 03:00 PM on (GMT).
Rain is expected across all five days of the Test. However, this will be an important series for Pakistan as two of its senior most players Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan will bid farewell to international cricket after the tour comes to an end.
Misbah will be aiming to win his last series while Younis will be playing for crossing the 10,000 test run-mark. Pakistan’s recent performance in the test format was not up to par as they suffered back to back whitewashes at the hands of New Zealand, making it six losses in a row.
Meanwhile, the Caribbean side has also won just one out their previous five test matches. Pakistan’s Hasan Ali has become doubtful for the game after suffering an injury in a practice game.
Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh could be making their test debut for West Indies while Shannon Gabriel is declared fit to play.
1st Test: April 21-25 – West Indies v Pakistan at Sabina Park, Kingston
2nd Test: April 30-May 4: West Indies v Pakistan at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown
3rd Test: May 10-14: West Indies v Pakistan at Windsor Park, Roseau.
Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket keeper), Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asghar, Shadab Khan, Shan Masood, Usman Salahuddin, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah and Younis Khan.
West Indies (probable)
Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jermaine Blackwood, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wicket keeper), Alzarri Joseph, Kieran Powell and Vishaul Singh.