Following the announcement of teams from both sides, Pakistan are ready to face West Indies in a 3-match T20I series to be played in Karachi from 1st April.
Ahead of the series, Pakistan has received words of encouragement from former world number one bowler, Saeed Ajmal.
Saeed, who has been critical of the Pakistani team in recent times, has said that Pakistan are fully capable of winning all three matches against the recently qualified team for the Cricket World Cup.
While talking to a local media outlet, Ajmal gave a comprehensive interview where he also spoke a few words on the recently held Pakistan Super League (PSL) tournament.
It is a really good sign that so many people are interested in the matches being held in Karachi.
This will send a message to the rest of the world that Pakistan is a secure country to visit and that we can host international cricket once again.
Ajmal further expressed his happiness while talking about PSL finals, which were held in Lahore and Karachi.
Talking about the final, played on the 25th March between Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi, he stated:
We saw how happy the people were during the PSL final. Even though the city’s side, the Karachi Kings, had been knocked out, they cheered on both Islamabad United and Peshawar Zalmi.
That shows how eager they are to witness good cricket and Karachi is more than ready to host international matches once again.
After his praise for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) management, security team, and the fans, Ajmal claimed that Pakistan stands a real chance against West Indies due to their good previous T20 performances.
They have been playing T20s for the past month and the quality of cricket was very high.
They should win the series 3-0. Some players performed incredibly well in the tournament so we are hoping that they will put on a good show for us.
Pakistan are currently ranked as number one T20 side. However, they are tied with Australia on the rating. If Pakistan convincingly dispatches the West Indies, then Pakistan will be ahead on points and ratings both.