West Indian cricket team in Pakistan in 2017–18

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West Indian cricket team in Pakistan in 2017–18
  Flag of Pakistan.svg WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg
  Pakistan West Indies
Dates 1 – 3 April 2018
Captains Sarfaraz Ahmed Jason Mohammed
Twenty20 International series
Results Pakistan won the 3-match series 3–0
Most runs Babar Azam (165) Denesh Ramdin (63)
Most wickets Mohammad Amir (5)
Shadab Khan (5)
Rayad Emrit (3)
Player of the series Babar Azam (Pak)

The West Indies cricket team toured Pakistan in April 2018 to play three Twenty20 International (T20I) matches.[1] Pakistan won the series 3–0.[2] Following the conclusion of the series, Pakistan's captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said that "no team will be using security concerns as an excuse in the future. This year or the next year, (international) cricket will come back to Pakistan".[3] The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are hoping to play a full international series against a Full Member side in Pakistan by 2020.[4]

It was the first tour in Pakistan of more than one match against another Test nation since Zimbabwe toured in May 2015.[5] In October 2017, Sri Lanka played a T20I match against Pakistan in Lahore.[6][7]

Originally, the fixtures were scheduled to be played in November 2017.[8][9] However, early in November 2017, reports announced that the West Indies team would not be travelling to Pakistan over security concerns.[10][11] The PCB chairman Najam Sethi stated that the original schedule was changed due to unforeseen weather, logistic issues and challenges with security.[12] In March 2018, the PCB confirmed that the fixtures would take place in April at the National Stadium in Karachi.[13][14][15] The last time an international cricket match was played at the venue in Karachi was in February 2009, when Sri Lanka toured Pakistan.[16] That series was cut short, following an attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team.[16]

Cricket West Indies (CWI) offered an extra pay incentive to players to tour Pakistan.[17] With only three days left before the tour started, the West Indies named a weakened squad to tour Pakistan.[18] Jason Mohammed was named as captain of the West Indies, as the regular T20I captain, Carlos Brathwaite did not travel because of security concerns.[19] Along with Brathwaite, Jason Holder, Chris Gayle and Devendra Bishoo did not make themselves available, also because of security concerns.[19]

Squads[edit]

 Pakistan[20]  West Indies[21]

Veerasammy Permaul injured himself during the first match and was ruled out of the West Indies squad for the remaining two fixtures. No replacement was named to replace him.[22]

T20I series[edit]

1st T20I[edit]

1 April 2018
20:00
Scorecard
Pakistan 
203/5 (20 overs)
v
 West Indies
60 (13.4 overs)
Hussain Talat 41 (37)
Keemo Paul 1/26 (4 overs)
Marlon Samuels 18 (19)
Mohammad Amir 2/3 (2 overs)
Pakistan won by 143 runs
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Ahsan Raza (Pak) and Shozab Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Hussain Talat (Pak)

2nd T20I[edit]

2 April 2018
19:30
Scorecard
Pakistan 
205/3 (20 overs)
v
 West Indies
123 (19.2 overs)
Babar Azam 97* (58)
Odean Smith 1/40 (4 overs)
Chadwick Walton 40 (29)
Mohammad Amir 3/22 (4 overs)
Pakistan won by 82 runs
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Shozab Raza (Pak) and Ahmed Shahab (Pak)
Player of the match: Babar Azam (Pak)

3rd T20I[edit]

3 April 2018
19:30
Scorecard
West Indies 
153/6 (20 overs)
v
 Pakistan
154/2 (16.5 overs)
Andre Fletcher 52 (43)
Shadab Khan 2/27 (4 overs)
Babar Azam 51 (40)
Rayad Emrit 1/24 (4 overs)
Pakistan won by 8 wickets
National Stadium, Karachi
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pak) and Ahsan Raza (Pak)
Player of the match: Fakhar Zaman (Pak)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Indies to tour Pakistan in March for T20 series". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Shadab, Babar lead Pakistan to 3–0 sweep". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  3. ^ "No excuse for teams not to tour Pakistan now - Sarfraz". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Pakistan hope to have full series at home by 2020". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Sri Lanka 'keen' to visit Pakistan for T20s in September". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  6. ^ "International cricket returns to Pakistan: West Indies to tour in November". Geo. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Pakistan cruise to win on Lahore's big night". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Cricket West Indies and the Pakistan Cricket Board". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Windies, Pakistan for T20I series in late November". Cricket West Indies. Retrieved 21 July 2017.
  10. ^ "West Indies Not to Play T20I Series in Lahore in 2017". News18. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Blow for Pakistan cricket as West Indies refuse to travel for T20I series citing security concerns". Times Now News. Retrieved 10 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Pakistan to host Windies for three T20Is in March". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  13. ^ "Karachi set to host Pakistan-West Indies T20Is". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 11 March 2018.
  14. ^ "West Indies tour of Pakistan". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Press Release: Dates of Pakistan-West Indies 3 T20I matches series". Pakistan Cricket Board. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  16. ^ a b "Pakistan buoyed as international cricket returns to Karachi". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  17. ^ "CWI offering players '$25,000 to tour Pakistan'". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  18. ^ "West Indies name weakened squad for Pakistan T20 tour". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  19. ^ a b "Jason Mohammed to lead depleted Windies in Pakistan". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Asif Ali, Talat and Shaheen Afridi picked for WI T20Is". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 26 March 2018.
  21. ^ "West Indies squad for T20 series against Pakistan announced". Geo TV. Retrieved 29 March 2018.
  22. ^ "West Indies reduced to 12 men as Permaul injures ankle". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  23. ^ "In-form Pakistan heavy favourites against inexperienced West Indies". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  24. ^ a b "Windies dismissed for lowest ever total in crushing defeat". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Jet-lagged West Indies slump to massive defeat". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  26. ^ "Azam, Talat help Pakistan thrash West Indies and seal series". ESPN Cricinfo. Retrieved 2 April 2018.

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