With just 23 runs short of his big milestone of touching 10,000 runs in Test cricket and get in the elite club, Pakistani batsman Younis Khan will be looking to touch that mark in the first test starting on Friday in Kingston, Jamaica.
On the other hand, Misbah ul Haq is 49 runs short of completing 5000 runs mark in Test cricket. Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan both will be playing their last international series for Pakistan. Younis khan expressed his desire to be remembered as a team player he said,
“When I am retired and when I am not in the dressing room, I want youngsters to remember me as a role model, I want them to remember me as a player and batsman who always played for his country”
West Indies opener Kieron Powell will be making his comeback after a little gap. West Indies have also included Simon Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh as well in the squad.
Pakistan will also be trying some new faces in their squad, along with Shadab Khan they have called up Usman Salahuddin, Md Ashghar and Mohammad Abbas in for test series.
More of the spotlight in this series will be on Younis Khan and Misbah ul Haq. Misbah ul Haq failed miserably in the series against Australia and New Zealand, he will be eyeing to finish off on a higher note in this series. In last 10 test matches, Misbah is yet to touch century mark.
West Indies can look for this series as training for their younger players they brought in their squad.
West Indies on stats has upper hand against Pakistan on West Indian soil, but with this West Indies setup; stats will not matter. In the warm-up game against Pakistan, West Indies President’s XI dominated this full strength Pakistan squad. Pakistan was enforced to follow on in practice game chasing 419 runs in the first inning. Kieron Powell in both innings scored fifty and Pakistan’s bowling looked off colour. Pakistan’s ace spinner Yasir Shah will have a lot on his shoulder, in warm up games he picked up only three wickets in 53 overs. A lot will depend upon his performance.
The West Indies’ eleven will see Kieron Powell coming back to Cricket after a break and trying his hand at a Baseball. The West Indies U-19 World Cup winner captain Simron Hetmyer can make his debut with Vishaul Singh. For Pakistan Mohammad Abbas and Shadab Khan can earn their maiden Test call-up. Mohammad Amir will be leading the pace attack.
West Indies- Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieron Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Vishaul Singh, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich(WK), Jason Holder(C), Devendra Bishoo, Alzari Joseph, Shanon Gabriel
Pakistan- Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shahzad, Babar Azam, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq(C), Asad Shafiq, Sarfaraz Ahmed(WK), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Yasir Shah, Wahab Riaz/Mohammad Abbas