April 7 (CRICKETNMORE) - The three match ODI series between West Indies and Pakistan will start today at Guyana. Pakistan will be looking to repeat the performance of recently concluded T20I series which they won by 3-1. On the other hand, West Indies will be aiming to bounce back in the series.
Pakistan and West Indies currently ranked 8th and 9th respectively in ICC ODI team rankings will play much more than the series trophy when they take on each other in Guyana. If West Indies are able to win all three ODIs, they will move ahead of Pakistan to 8th position less than six months before the cut-off date of September 30.
Known faces Brathwaite, Pollard, Badree and Narine are absent as they all are playing in IPL. Jason Holder would be expecting the new bunch of players to perform. Home condition seems to be the only advantage with West Indies. With all matches being held in Guyana, the wicket is expected to be batting-friendly. Leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo will like to exploit the slow pitch of Guyana. Pacers Shannon Gabriel, Miguel Cummins and Alzarri Joseph all are included in the squad.
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It will be the first ODI series as captain for Sarfraz Khan. Three new faces Asif Zakir, Fahim Ashraf and Mohammad Asghar are included in 16-man squad. Left-arm fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan make a return to the side after their absence from T20I squad.
West Indies vs Pakistan ODI Series 2017 Schedule
1st ODI - April 7 (Friday)
2nd ODI - April 9 (Sunday)
3rd ODI - April 11 (Tuesday)
All ODIs will be played at Providence Stadium in Guyana
West Indies ODI: Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Chadwick Walton.
Pakistan ODI: Ahmed Shehzad, Kamran Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Fakhar Zaman, Asif Zakir, Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Fahim Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Asghar