Pakistan skipper grateful as Windies fly in for T20s

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"I am also very excited as I last played an worldwide game here in 2008 against India", he said".

Pakistan (likely XI): 1 Fakhar Zaman, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Sarfraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 5.

Cricket West Indies on Friday said that they don't have issues with any players opting out on ground of security for the tour to Pakistan.

Also, numerous high profile and experienced players are not a part of West Indies T20I side, so their absence from the three-match series should not be considered as their refusal to visit the country due to security reasons, Sethi said at the Karachi's Jinnah International Airport. No major teams have toured there since the Sri Lanka team was attacked by terrorists in 2009 in Lahore.

The Pakistan team is now preparing for the West Indies series at the National Stadium and Hasan says all players will be in form due to their exploits during the recently concluded PSL3.

"It's a very good thing that worldwide cricket is coming back (to Karachi) after nine years", Sarfraz said.

The West Indies is on its way to Pakistan for the first time since 2006 for Twenty20 internationals on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday in Karachi.

Sarfraz was especially pleased with the return of cricket to his home city.

Jason Mohammed, 31, who has so far played six T20Is and 26 one-day internationals, will lead the 13-man squad, comprising four newcomers in Andre McCarthy, a middle-order batsman, pacers Odean Smith and Keemo Paul (who recently made his ODI debut), and Veerasammy Permaul, the left-arm spinner who has played Tests and ODIs but not T20Is. It is hoped that more events will be organised in the country to give people an opportunity to keep their differences aside and enjoy the event. "It is not fair to say that big West Indies players are not coming". "Having said that, we will go for a clean sweep because doing so will help us retain our number one spot in the ICC rankings". Many automatic selections including Chris Gayle, Jason Holder and Evin Lewis along with the T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite pulled out.

Top-ranked T20 team Pakistan has given a chance to younger players like Asif Ali, Hussain Talat and Shaheen Afridi, who performed well in the PSL.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed on Saturday rejected the perception that the West Indies team travelling to Pakistan for the three-match T20I series is weak due to the absence of big-name players, DawnNewsTV reported.