Pakistan to clash with West Indies in first T20I tonight

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Karachi (Web desk): Pakistan’s city of lights is ready to host the first match of the much-awaited T20I tri-series between Pakistan and West Indies tonight.

Pakistan will be looking to take complete advantage of home conditions and a depleted West Indies squad when they take on the Caribbean giants in a three-T20I series starting at National Stadium here from Sunday (today).

Pakistan and West Indies will face each other on April 1, 2 and 3, with both teams looking towards a different goal.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed thanked the West Indies for touring the country, as the Caribbean side arrived in Karachi  in the latest step towards the resumption of top-level cricket in the country.

The West Indies will become only the third international team to play a bilateral series on Pakistani soil since an attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in March 2009.

The 13-member team and staff arrived late Saturday in two groups and were ushered into a bullet proof bus to their hotel.

Pakistan vs West Indies 1st T20I begins at 08:00pm PST (03:00 PM GMT). The coverage of PAK vs WI 1st T20I will begin on the broadcasting channel from 08:30pm PST. The toss will take place at 8:00pm PST.

Here are the squads for today:

Pakistan:  Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed(c), Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.

West Indies: Jason Mohammed(c), Samuel Badree, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Andre McCarthy, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Odean Smith, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.

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