The historic first test between the West Indies and Pakistan bowls off at Sabina Park on Friday with two significant landmarks – the 50th test at Sabina Park and also the 50th test between both teams – to be realised on the opening day..
The first test at Sabina Park was between West Indies and England in 1930, when Karl Nunes led the home side in that match saw George Headley making 223 in the second innings to help the Windies earn a draw.
West Indies and Pakistan played their first test match back in January, 1958, when the visitors toured the Caribbean for the first time.
West Indies captain Jason Holder believes his side can pick up where they left off against Pakistan in the final Test of their previous three-Test series in the UAE.
“For me just stressing consistency,” Holder said at a press conference in Kingston on the eve of the first Test. “One thing we’ve spoken about in the dressing room is momentum and if we have the momentum, we need to hold it as long as possible and not shift it back to the Pakistanis. For us it’s just to get runs on the board in the first innings and our bowlers will support us in the field.”
Jermaine Blackwood is the lone Jamaican in the squad which also includes the recalled Kieron Powell, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph and Vishal Singh.
Newcomers Singh and Hetmeyer could make their debuts while Shannon Gabriel, who struggled with a hamstring injury towards the end of the ODI series, is fit.
Pakistan’s Hasan Ali will miss the game with a groin injury while left-arm spinner Mohammad Asghar could make his debut.