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Karachi set to host West Indies

01 April, 2018, 03:39 | Author: Drew Briggs
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The series will be the first worldwide bilateral one in Karachi since Sri Lanka played a test match at the national stadium in late February 2009.

The Pakistan team is now preparing for the West Indies series at the National Stadium and Hasan says all players will be in form due to their exploits during the recently concluded PSL3.

The best ranked T20 side partake in their first bilateral series since touring New Zealand in January, but what makes this one a tad more special is that it officially marks the return of global cricket to the country for the first time since 2009.

West Indies will be without their regular Twenty20 captain Carlos Brathwaite, who opted out of the tour over security fears while openers Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis, allrounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, and spinner Sunil Narine were not available for selection due to their commitments to the Indian Premier League.

Lahore hosted Zimbabwe in 2015, and Sri Lanka returned in 2017.

Cricket West Indies, who acknowledged the series for the first time two days ago while announcing the squad, said they had been assured by independent security advisors Eastern Star International that "risk is manageable and can be mitigated to an acceptable level".

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The squad will not practice before the opening match and there also will be no joint captains pre-series media conference. "The credit goes to the whole nation and I hope they will see very good cricket".

Around 6,000 security personnel will guard the area around the National Stadium and armed guards will travel with the West Indies team from its hotel to the stadium.

"The people of Karachi should fearless these issues and still come to the ground so that a positive message goes to the world", he said. "Our bowlers like Amir, Hasan, Faheem, Shadab and also Usman Shinwari, who is making a comeback while we have selected two bowlers Rahat Ali and Shaheen Afridi from the PSL".

Worldwide cricketers stopped playing in Pakistan after the 2009 assault, citing safety concerns, and the national team has had to play its home matches in the United Arab Emirates since.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has made a decision to send its two senior officials to Pakistan to monitor the three-match T20 series between Pakistan and West Indies.

Pakistan have included three newcomers in batsman Asif Ali, allrounder Hussain Talat and paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi - after the trio fared well in the PSL 2018.

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