After whitewashing the Caribbean side in both T20I and ODI series, Pakistan will look to maintain their domination over West Indies in the Test series as well.
The first Test of the three-match series will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Pakistan proved everyone wrong with a strong performance in the limited overs series.
Being the #2 ranked test team in the world, they are strong favourites against the #8 ranked West Indies.
This match is also going to be Pakistan’s maiden Day-Night Test and also the first of its kind to be played in Asia.
Pakistan and West Indies have met each other 46 times on previous in Test matches.
Out of those 46 matches, Pakistan has won 16 and West Indies has won on 15 occasions with 15 of the Test matches resulting in ties. The last time Pakistan and West Indies played in a Test match against each other was way back in 2011 as Pakistan won by a huge margin of 196 runs.
Pakistan and West Indies test cricket form
Pakistan: W W L L W
West Indies: D L D L D
Pakistan vs West Indies – Team News
Babar Azam and Mohammad Nawaz have earned their maiden call-ups into the Pakistani Test squad after their impressive performances in the limited overs format. Misbah-ul-Haq, at 42 years of age, is back again to lead his nation.
As far as West Indies is concerned, there are some exciting young players in Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins and Alzarri Joseph to watch out for, as they had been impressive in the Test series against India. Shane Dowrich is expected to keep the wicket in the absence of Ramdin. Leon Johnson is going to be the other opener alongside Kraigg Brathwaite.
Pakistan vs West Indies – Key Players
Babar Azam: It has been a dream run for this player in the last one month. Impressive performances in the T20I series followed by three back-to-back centuries in the ODI series against West Indies; this player is seriously making his bat talk now. It will be a good opportunity for the 21-year old to display of batting skills in cricket's toughest format
Roston Chase: Everyone remembers Chase’s century and a five-wicket haul in the second Test against India a couple of months back that helped West Indies save the match. Such a fine performance against a top-class Indian outfit speaks volumes for such a young player. He will be the go-to-man with both bat and ball for West Indies if he can deliver on that promise again.
When & Where
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai
Date: 13th October 2016
Time: 15:30 Local | 11:30 GMT | 17:00 IST
Pakistan: Sami Aslam, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Misbah-ul-HAq (C), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), Mohammad Nawaz, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz, Zulfiqur Babar, Mohammad Amir.
West Indies: Kraigg Brathwaite, Leon Johnson, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Jermain Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich (wk), Carlos Brathwaite, Jason Holder (C), Shanon Gabriel, Miguel Cummins.
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