The much awaited Pakistan vs West Indies series is going to start on Sunday, April 01, 2018 at the National Stadium Karachi.
The upcoming series is important for two main reasons. Firstly, it marks another crucial milestone in the revival of international cricket in Pakistan. And secondly, it gives Pakistan a fighting chance to consolidate their position as the number 1 T20I side in ICC Rankings, if they manage to win the current series.
Right now, Pakistan and Australia share the top spot in T20I rankings with 126. West Indies stands at the 5th position in these rankings with 115.
- Pakistan and Australia – 1st spot
- West Indies – 5th spot
There are four possible scenarios to consider here.
Currently, Pakistan and Australia are at 126. However, Pakistan is slightly ahead of Australia based on points.
If Pakistan whitewashes Windies 3-0, this will take the national team 4 points ahead of Australia, making the Aussies slip to 2nd position in rankings. Meanwhile, West Indies will slip to 111 points and a drop in the rankings to the 7th place.
A 2-1 victory for Pakistan will keep both the teams at the same position and points as they currently are.
On the other hand, a series loss (2-1) can displace Pakistan from the top spot, taking them to 123 points, while West Indies will climb to 119, up from 115.
If West Indies win 3-0, Pakistan will be left with 120 points while Jason Mohammed’s Windies side will walk away with 122.
The three-match series is scheduled at National Stadiuma Karachi. Matches will be held on consecutive days from 1st to 3rd April 2018.
Pakistan Squad: Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Sarfraz Ahmed (C)(WK), Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Muhammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Muhammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi
West Indies Squad: Jason Mohammad (capt), Samuel Badree, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Andre McCarthy, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin (wk), Marlon Samuels, Odean Smith, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams