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Pak­istan con­fi­dent of com­plet­ing clean sweep in Tests

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Pak­istan and West Indies will be­gin the se­cond-ever day-night Test match at the Dubai In­ter­na­tional Sta­dium start­ing on Oc­to­ber 13 and de­spite get­ting mixed re­views from for­mer play­ers and com­men­ta­tors the teams seem up­beat about the prospect.

The pink ball has been ac­cused of wear­ing out quicker and being less vis­i­ble un­der lights but the ICC seems con­fi­dent that with more games and bet­ter prepa­ra­tion play­ers can adapt bet­ter.

“I have been prac­tic­ing with the pink ball for the last week, and it is go­ing well, in fact in com­par­i­son to the red ball, I find I am get­ting more bounce with the pink ball,” said Pak­istan leg spin­ner Yasir Shah.

“So I am try­ing to get as much prac­tice with this ball.

"I have been ask­ing the coaches and Mis­bah-ul-Haq, our cap­tain, for tips, be­cause this is my first match with a pink ball.

“In the be­gin­ning I thought it would be hard but we have been prac­tis­ing so it is bet­ter, this is the first day-night Test for me with a pink ball, and so it is an ex­cit­ing prospect for me.

“You can­not take any in­ter­na­tional team lightly, and just be­cause we got the bet­ter of West Indies in ODIs and T20s does not mean we can take them lightly in Tests. “We have to give them the re­spect they de­serve and we will make ev­ery ef­fort to do well in the Tests.” West Indies play­ers have con­stantly been in a tu­gof-war with their board and sev­eral se­nior play­ers have faced the brunt of tak­ing them on pub­licly. The Windies’ last two Test se­ries vic­to­ries have been against Bangladesh and Zim­babwe. Their most re­cent Test match win was the se­ries level­ing five-wicket vic­tory over Eng­land in Bridgetown in May 2015 and are yet to win a sin­gle game un­der new cap­tain Ja­son Holder.

Pak­istan will be miss­ing mid­dle or­der bats­man You­nis Khan, who was ad­vised to rest after re­cov­er­ing from dengue fever, but are bol­stered by the se­lec­tion of 21-year-old Babar Azam who scored cen­turies in each of the three ODIs.

Pak­istan – cur­rently No. 2 in the ICC rank­ings – will be look­ing to carry the mo­men­tum from the ODI and T20 se­ries and hope to re­gain the No. 1 spot from arch-ri­vals In­dia.

The open­ing game will also be Pak­istan’s 400th Test match.

The West Indies on the other hand, are in eighth place – just above Bangladesh and Zim­babwe – and are des­per­ate to get their Test cricket a much needed boost.

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