PAK Playing 11: Pakistan will lock horns with West Indies in the first of 2-match Test series at Sabina Park, Jamaica. With T20 World Cup closing in, this might not be a high profile series but holds significant importance given WTC points on offer. With T20I series getting severely affected by rain, Pakistan has got very limited amount of cricket to play. The action now shifts to the red-ball arena which may produce some fascinating contests between these two equally matched sides. Pakistan leads West Indies 20-17 in the head-to-head record in Tests. 15 matches have been drawn.
Babar Azam (C)
Mohammad Rizwan (wk)
Pakistan’s openers will have their task cut out facing strong WI fast bowlers with the new ball. Experienced Azhar Ali and skipper Babar Azam will be crucial in the middle order. Rizwan has been excellent in the white-ball formats and he will look to replicate his form in Tests. Bowling will be Pakistan’s strength and with Mohammad Abbas and Yasir Shah back, this looks like a potent attack. Faheem Ashraf is likely to take the allrounder’s spot.
Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (wk) (VC), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Nawaz, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Yasir Shah and Zahid Mahmood.
You can watch the ball by ball and the Live score coverage of the West Indies vs Pakistan 1st Test match on Fancode. The match will be played from 12-16 August and will start at 8:30 PM (IST).