PAKISTAN PINK-HOT FAVOURITES IN DAY-NIGHT TEST
IN-FORM Pakistan are ready to launch a pink-ball spin assault on struggling West Indies when they do battle in Asia’s first day-night Test from today in Dubai. Pakistan have been on a roll since their 2-2 series draw in England in August, which briefly lifted them to No. 1 position in world cricket’s Test rankings for the first time. Arch-rivals India relegated Pakistan to No. 2 with recent victory over New Zealand but Misbah-ul-Haq’s men have a prime opportunity to close the gap in the threematch series against the West Indies and are strong favourites. Pakistan captain Misbah said he was relishing the prospect of a day-night Test, with two breaks of 30 minutes, in what is nominally a “home” series for Pakistan. “It’s exciting because I think the future belongs to day-night Tests,” said Misbah, whose team will be missing senior batsman Younis Khan, recovering from dengue fever.