Published: Sun, April 01, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Pakistan Cricket Board complains of negative press on West Indies squad

Pakistan Cricket Board complains of negative press on West Indies squad

The series will see West Indies vice-captain Jason Mohammed step up to lead the side in the absence of regular captain Brathwaite in the three-match series.

Karachi last hosted an worldwide game in 2009 when Sri Lanka played a Test match before an attack by gunmen on its team bus in Lahore shut the door on global cricket in Pakistan.

Pakistan are also expected to blood a few youngsters.

Jason Mohammed will be the captain of the squad, which includes Samuel Badree, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Andre McCarthy, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Odean Smith, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams. "We are really happy that we will be playing an global match at our home ground after so many years and are confident to perform well".

That was followed by the final of the Pakistan Super League T20 tournament previous year - also in Lahore - which featured several global players, including Darren Sammy.

"We shouldn't forget that West Indies is the reigning World T20 Champions right now", he said. "I have been working on my bowling". There were some moments in PSL where I went for runs, but that is a part of the game. West Indies have not travelled with a media officer.

Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave saying these T20Is not be considered anything less than "full internationals".

"I have been working in the camp to improve my skill set". The event's final was played in Karachi and offered a fun-filled evening to the city's cricket-starved residents. "That is what the attitude of every player should be".

Due to security concerns, the visitors will not address any pre-match conference and miss the trophy unveiling on Saturday.

Critics say that for the West Indies to send a weak squad even after independent security experts lauded the security arrangements for the PSL final is unfair and a letdown for Pakistan cricket.

Earlier, the Caribbean side's tour to Pakistan was due to take place in November past year, but adverse weather conditions in Lahore and the West Indies' major players commitment to the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) became the main reasons behind the postponement.

"We have made it very clear to the players and support staff that had personal reservations about this tour that we fully understand and respect their position".

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