Pak­istan won’t fear WI

Jamaica Gleaner - - TUESDAY SPORTS -

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DUBAI, United Emi­rates (CMC): PAK­ISTAN HEAD coach Mickey Arthur has praised West Indies’ abil­ity in the short­est for­mat, but said while they re­spected the reign­ing World cham­pi­ons, his side in­tended to play fear­less cricket dur­ing the up­com­ing Twenty20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries.

The two teams meet in the open­ing game of the three­match se­ries on Satur­day, and Arthur said yes­ter­day that af­ter hav­ing un­der­gone an over­haul, the Pak­istani team could pro­vide a stiff chal­lenge for the Windies.

“Our Test side, in par­tic­u­lar, is a very sta­ble side, with a lot of se­nior play­ers in it, but we need to re­build our one-day side,” Arthur said.

“We were play­ing a style of cricket that was to­tally out­dated. The ex­cit­ing thing is bring­ing in a new brand of young play­ers.”

He con­tin­ued: “The play­ers we have brought in – Imad Wasim, Babar Azam, So­hail Khan, Hasan Ali, Mo­hammed Nawaz – they take the game on.

“They don’t fear fail­ure, which is fan­tas­tic. They are the guys we want to build this one-day cricket brand around. We have to change this brand.”

Pak­istan are com­ing off a big Arab win over Eng­land last month in Manch­ester when they trounced the hosts by nine wick­ets in a one-off T20 In­ter­na­tional. And of the four T20Is they have played against West Indies, they have won two – when they swept the se­ries in the Caribbean three years ago.

Arthur said West Indies were a “for­mi­da­ble op­po­si­tion”, es­pe­cially in con­di­tions that were sim­i­lar to the Caribbean.

“West Indies are a very good Twenty20 team. They are the cur­rent world T20 hold­ers so you can never take them lightly even in con­di­tions like th­ese ... so they are go­ing to be a for­mi­da­ble op­po­si­tion and we are go­ing to have to play re­ally well to beat them,” the South African said.

“We have played a lot of cricket of late. The play­ers have been play­ing cricket, and whether you are play­ing one­day cricket or Twenty20 cricket, as long as you are play­ing the skills are sharp.

“We have just got to hone those skills. We have four train­ing ses­sions to get that right. I am con­fi­dent the guys will be ready. A lot of guys have been play­ing the do­mes­tic com­pe­ti­tion at home any­way so they have been play­ing Twenty20 cricket.”

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