Testing times for Windies
Pakistan confident of completing clean sweep in Tests
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.