Pakistan aiming for 9-0
History beckons for Misbah’s men as they look for clean sweep
Pakistan will be hoping to give the term whitewash a new meaning when they take on the West Indies in the third and final Test in Sharjah starting today.
The No. 2 Test team in the world have a rare opportunity to wrap up a 9-0 series win over the Windies, who will be desperate to get something from the final Test.
Pakistan won both the Twenty20 and the one-day series 3-0 and lead the three-match Test series 2-0, with no sign of taking their foot off the pedal.
A 9-0 win will be the first of its kind in the history of cricket, as no team has ever won all nine games on a tour.
The fact that it will be a multi-format victory would also be a huge shot in the arm for Pakistan, who have excelled in Test cricket but have somewhat struggled in the short formats of the game. However, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is refusing to get too carried away as he will only judge his side after their next two series in the southern hemisphere.
Pakistan fly out to New Zealand after Sharjah where they play two Tests, the first of which starts on November 17 in Christchurch. That will be followed by three Test matches in Australia.
“Yes, we want to be ruthless, definitely,” said Arthur.
“We set the challenge that we have eight Tests to play.
“We have only played two. We are going to judge ourselves on the eight Tests and every Test presents a different challenge.”
Arthur also stressed the fact he was looking at the larger picture and was more interested in getting the team playing a more complete game.
“I go deeper than getting good results. I want us to play a good brand of cricket, see improvement in the players and the roles players are executing,” he added.
“Those are all things I really take note of and the way we are going is unbelievable. Everybody is improving and settled in what they are doing and work rate is outstanding.”
While alluding to the fact that his team are better suited to the conditions in the UAE, he added that the visitors should not be taken lightly and that they couldn’t “underestimate the young side”.
Meanwhile, West Indies skipper Jason Holder could still find some positives despite his team going winless ever since arriving in the emirates.
“We had some positives from the two Tests,” said Holder.
“The difference between our team and the big teams is we have not capitalised after getting starts and that is due to a lack of experience.”
GOING FOR THE KILL: Pakistan will be aiming for a clean sweep with a win in Sharjah