West Indies Vs Pakistan 1st T20I Dubai Watch Live
Dubai (DSC) on Sep 23, 2016
(20:00 local | 16:00 GMT | 21:00 PKT)
Match Will Be Start Pakistan Time 9 PM
The first of those three games, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday (September 23), will mark the start of a month and a half of non-stop action in the United Arab Emirates in a tour that, apart from the T20Is, includes three One-Day Internationals and as many Test matches.
West Indies, which won the ICC World T20 2016 title in Mumbai in April, will fancy its chances but Pakistan, under new skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, will be equally confident, particularly with the return to the side of Umar Akmal, the classy right-hand batsman.
Akmal, who was not picked for the limited-overs series in England on disciplinary grounds, wended his way back into the side after a successful domestic run when he made 304 runs in five matches at a strike-rate of 202.66 in the National T20 Cup.
Pakistan rounded off its long tour of England in the summer with a nine-wicket win in the one-off T20I in Manchester, and will hope to ride on that confidence against the World T20 champion that, despite the absence of Chris Gayle, Lendl Simmons and Andre Russell, is still an extremely formidable side.
While Gayle was unavailable for selection, Simmons was not picked due to medical reasons. Russell opted out due to personal reasons after being named in the squad. Kesrick Williams, the uncapped 26-year-old paceman, has been selected as his replacement.