West Indies, Pakistan seek winning start to new WTC cycle

The first battle between West Indies and Pakistan in the World Test Championship will be shaping up to a close one. With three out of four T20I matches being washed-out, it’s unfortunate that rain could have such an impact on both sides’ performance from hereon forward.

Pakistan have just sailed away from the Caribbean after clinching a three-match series against West Indies 2-1. The last time Pakistan were in the region, they managed to stage their perfect farewell for retiring duo Misbah ul Haq and Younis Khan by winning both of those matches convincingly.

They only lost one game on this occasion which was recorded as Shannon Gabriel’s brain fade moment that saw him concede his wicket with an astonishingly long handle during the final Test match at Barbados Cricket Ground.

Team news:

West Indies: Chemar Holder and Shamarh Brooks have been recalled for the series while Gabriel continues with his injury recovery.

Probable XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (c), Kieran Powell, Shai Hope (wk), Kyle Mayers/Shamarh Brooks, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Jason Holder, Rahkeem Cornwall, Kemar Roach, Alzarri Joseph, Chemar Holder.

Pakistan: The visitors have named their 19-man squad for the series with Haris Rauf and Mohammad Nawaz allowed to return home to spend time with their families.

Probable XI: Imran Butt, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam (c), Fawad Alam, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Hasan Ali, Yasir Shah, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, Shaheen Afridi/Naseem Shah.

Senior pace duo’s absence ‘not too much of a destabiliser’ – Bairstow

“The potential absence of both Stuart Broad and James Anderson from the second Test at Lord’s would be a big loss for England,” Jonny Bairstow said. “But this team is not going to crumble because we have lost two key players.”

Jonny Bairstow, one of the few English batsmen that performed well in India, says losing 2 world-class bowlers would make things difficult but they will continue with their aggressive style by targeting other Indians’ weaknesses instead.

With the news of Anderson’s quad injury, Bairstow was suddenly thrust into a major role for England. It is unclear whether or not he will be able to take on that responsibility in addition to his own game but if there were ever an opportunity made by adversity it would be this one! Now with Broad forced out as well because of calf tear sustained during practice, we are left wondering what kind of damage has been done and how much time they have had together before such injuries become too difficult for them both.

England cricket team captain Joe Root said “It’s hugely disappointing,” about James Anderson being ruled doubtful due to a thigh muscle strain while speaking at Twickenham Stadium ahead off Saturday’s first test against India which

Keeping players fresh biggest challenge for Pakistan, feels Babar

The Pakistani team announced a 19-member squad for the two-Test series against West Indies, with Yasir Shah returning to the setup after missing out on Tests against Zimbabwe due to an injury. Mohammad Abbas and Naseem Shah were also called up in addition to other members of the Test team from before who didn’t make it this time around like Agha Salman, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Nawaz and Tabish Khan.

The captain of Pakistan, Babar Azam, revealed that Rauf and Nawaz were released from the touring party so they could spend time with their families before re-grouping for a three match ODI series against Afghanistan. The first week in September will see them play against each other in Sri Lanka.

Pakistan Test squad VS West indies

Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan (vc/wk), Abdullah Shafique, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali, Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, Hasan Ali, Imran Butt, Mohammad Abbas, Naseem Shah, Nauman Ali, Sajid Khan, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk), Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Yasir Shah, Zahid Mahmood

Stuart Broad ruled out of India series with calf injury


Stuart Broad, one of England’s best bowlers and a key member to the squad for this series against India, suffered an injury during training on Tuesday. After undergoing a MRI scan in London today (August 11, 2021), it was revealed that there is tear in his right calf muscle. The team has announced Saqib Mahmood as cover before they move ahead with their preparations at Lord’s for the second Test which starts tomorrow (Thursday).

Stuart Broad experienced what can only be described as devastating news when he learned from doctors after examination that he had torn his muscles while bowling on Tuesday morning. Fortunately, through excellent medical treatment by ECB staff and specialists quickly coming onboard including Dr Peter Brukner who specialises in soft tissue injuries;

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