Pak­istan aim­ing for 9-0

His­tory beck­ons for Mis­bah’s men as they look for clean sweep

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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

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