Brathwaite, Holder opt out of Windies T20 series in Pakistan

Sports       by Sarfraz Ali | Published

Sports by Sarfraz Ali | Published

The series will see Pakistan host another Test nation in more than one global match for the first time since May 2015, after Sri Lanka cricket team was attacked by terrorists during a tour in 2009.

It has been nine years since Karachi last hosted worldwide cricket and the city is expected to come out in force to back the home side.

"We had a few players that opted not to tour Pakistan, due to their or their families' security concerns and CWI have fully accepted their position", Browne said, adding that those players' replacements have an opportunity in the visit to push their claims for future selection.

Presidential-style security, including bulletproofed buses, will be afforded West Indies on their historic three-match Twenty20 series against Pakistan starting here Sunday.

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"This tour is a further major step for our friends at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to bring their cricket back home, and we are pleased that our players and support staff have recognised this and supported this venture", said CWI chief executive Jonny Grave.

A day before the start of an worldwide cricket series is usually a day of press conferences and trophy unveilings.

More recently, Karachi hosted the final of the 2018 edition of the PSL. "Just two of their players have refused to come to Pakistan due to their [prior] commitments in the Indian Premier League". Sarfraz Ahmed, the Pakistan captain, said he was overjoyed at the return of worldwide matches to his home city.

The four bolters in the Windies group are Andre McCarthy, a middle-order batsman, pacers Odean Smith and Keemo Paul, and Veerasammy Permaul, the left-arm spinner who has played Tests and ODIs but not T20Is.

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And though Windies haven't been able to name their strongest possible squad - Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Gayle, Jason Holder and Devendra Bishoo chose to skip the series due to security concerns - the ICC World T20 2016 champions should have enough to keep the home side on their toes. Asif Ali, Hussain Talat and Shaheen Afridi have all been named in the squad, with each player possessing tantalising possibilities.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi.

While Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin and Samuel Badree are the most experienced players featuring in the national squad, whereas Jason Holder, Chris Gayle and Devendra Bishoo are omitted from the squad.

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