PakistanGreen Shirts looked below par in series against England and will look to rectify problems in this series. The crisis in the middle-order continue to trouble Pakistan despite having Mohammad Rizwan and Babar Azam at the top. The team management might change the playing XI and fans can see Sharjeel Khan opening the innings with Rizwan and Babar batting at three to give sustainability in middle-overs. Pakistan have tried 19 different batters in last two years in the middle-order and still haven’t figured out the right combination. The series will provide another oppurtunity to Sohaib Maqsood, Fakhar Zaman and Azam Khan to cement their places while Mohammad Hafeez will aim to get back his last year’s form in this series. Pakistan may have a slight advantage is the bowling attack. The surface in Barbados was very spin-friendly and it will allow Imad Wasim, Usman Qadir, and Shadab Khan to rub their shoulders. The pace attack looks settle with Shaheen Shah and Hasan Ali but form of Mohammad Hasnain and Haris Rauf is questionable as they have been the weak link in the squad.
West IndiesWindies thrashed mighty Australia by 4-1 and asserted their power ahead of the T20 World Cup in October/November later this year. Every batter has the power to hit the ball from start. Evin Lewis have been in sublime touch with Lendl Simmon and Chris Gayle forming a powerful top three. Nicholas Pooran, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell and Jason Holder fill the middle-order. Pakistan can exploit Windies with their spin attack as in the recent past, they looked vulnerable in front of George Linde, Adam Zampa and Tabraiz Shamsi. Meanwhile among bowlers, Hayden Walsh was the pick of the bowlers in Australia series with 12 wickets to his name but he was not the only one that found success. Dwayne Bravo was brilliant at the death overs, Obed McCoy has taken his game to the next level, and even Andre Russell was consistently able to pick up wickets. While the West Indies is going to be a bit tired after playing so much cricket in the last few days, it does have a number of players that only play T20 cricket to help share the load.
Squads:West Indies: Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Kieron Pollard (C), Andre Russell, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh Jr, Fidel Edwards, Obed McCoy, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Andre Fletcher, Sheldon Cottrell, Akeal Hosein, Kevin Sinclair, Oshane Thomas Pakistan: Babar Azam (C), Mohammad Rizwan (WK), Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Maqsood, Azam Khan, Imad Wasim, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sharjeel Khan, Usman Qadir, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Arshad Iqbal, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain
“Last few days have been challenging and lucky for us all, high up in the mountains. We are lucky enough to find the bodies of my companions from #K2Winter2021 and trying to secure and preserve it at a safe location for further possibilities,” Sajid Sadpara. “I am securing bodies of fallen climbers to a safe place and instant retrieval from above bottleneck is not possible without endangering many lives. Possibilities of retrieving bodies without further damages and without risking lives would be done at later stage after consulting families and experts,” he added. Sajid requested everyone at K2 not to share any photo/video of the bodies as it is very painful for all families and friends.
Last few days have been challenging and lucky for us all, high up in the mountains. With whole nation waiting and looking to hear about search and recovery of their hero #AliSadpara. We are lucky enough to find the bodies of my companions from #K2Winter2021 and trying to 1/n— Sajid Ali Sadpara (@sajid_sadpara) July 28, 2021