WI vs PAK Test 2021: Cricket West Indies Selection Panel announced a 13 member squad for the first test against Pakistan starting from 12th August.
The two-match Test series will be played at Sabina Park from August 12-16 & August 20-24. This series is a part of the first six test series in the new cycle of the ICC WTC 2021-2023.
Off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall couldn’t make it to the squad for the first test, while middle-order batter Nkrumah Bonner has been recalled into the team. Earlier Bonner suffered a concussion during the first test against South Africa in June this year & thus he was ruled out of the entire series.
Jomel Warrican has been included in the squad as a specialist spinner ahead of Cornwall. Lead Selector Roger Harper said that management has included Warrican to have a bit more variety in their bowling department.
West Indies National team Lead Selector, Roger Harper said, “The Selection Panel choose a squad that provides both the pace & spin bowling options. With Roston Chase included, variety was considered in the selection of Jomel Warrican”.
“It is good to have Nkrumah Bonner back. The team does very well when our batsmen score centuries as we saw against Bangladesh & Sri Lanka. So, I look forward to our batsmen scoring big”, he added.
With the pitch at Sabina Park has been traditionally pacer-friendly, West Indies are going ahead with four pacers in the first test match
WI vs PAK 2021: West Indies squad
Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Jermaine Blackwood (VC), Nkrumah Bonner, Roston Chase, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Holder, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Kyle Mayers, Kieran Powell, Kemar Roach, Jayden Seales, Jomel Warrican
Due to COVID-19 security protocols, fans will not be permitted to attend the test matches. In the past, both West Indies & Pakistan have come into a face-off in 17 test series. Out of 17 test series played, Pakistan had a 6-5 edge over the West Indies. However, West Indies enjoys a clear 4-1 lead over Pakistan in the eighth series played on the grounds of West Indies. The two teams last came into a face-off in the year 2016-2017 where Pakistan ended its winning drought in West Indies by winning their first-ever Test series by a 2-1 score.
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