West Indies and Pakistan The test series starts on Thursday (August 12) in Sabina Park, Kingston, Jamaica. The test match in two matches is also part of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 cycle.
Both sides faced each other in the T20I series of four matches, but unfortunately three matches were washed away due to rain in Guyana.
Western India finished in eighth place in the first cycle of WTC, while Pakistan was in sixth place. Given their previous performances, both sides would like to start WTC 2021-23 on a new note
The surface in Sabina Park will help fast bowlers, while spinners will also play as the game progresses. The last Test played at this venue was in 2019, when India crushed the Windies by 257 runs.
Matches Played: 52 | West India wins: 17 | Pakistan wen: 20 | Draw: 15 | Bound: 0
Chemar Houer and Shamarh Brooks has been recalled for the series, so the duo is expected to reach the final XI. Pacer Shannon Gabriel may not get a match because he is still recovering from his injury.
WI XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope (wk), Shamarh Brooks, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Chemar Holder.
Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz will not be available as the duo were allowed to return home to spend time with their families. Naseem Shah can come next in XI Mohammad Abbas and Shaheen Afridi. Yasir Shah will bear the spin responsibilities.
PAK XI: Babar Azam (c), Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah.