Windies take on Pakistan and Heat in ODI opener

MULTAN, Pakistan, CMC – West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran is confident his men can overcome the challenge of extreme heat in Pakistan that the regional side will face as they take on a formidable home side in an important one-day international series (ODI ).

Coming straight from chilly Amsterdam where they won the ODI series against the Netherlands 3-0, the Caribbean men will play today, Friday and Sunday at the Multan International Cricket Stadium in temperatures forecast to be over of 45 degrees Celsius.

Despite concerns over the weather on both sides, Pooran told reporters at yesterday’s virtual press conference ahead of the first match that the men in maroon did well in their training session earlier today and he expected it to continue.

“Guys are doing well. The medical team is doing everything possible to ensure that we are protected,” he said, adding that the weather in the Caribbean was “pretty similar” and that would benefit the crew.

“I don’t think the heat will be too much of a problem, honestly, after what I saw this afternoon. But I hope everything will be fine and I hope things will turn out in our favor.

A victory in this ODI series, which was originally scheduled for last December but was delayed due to COVID, is not just for bragging.

The tour is part of the ICC ODI Super League, and the Caribbean team will have a chance to earn points as they try to automatically qualify for the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in India.

Pooran declined to make any predictions for upcoming matches, pointing out that a match is won on the day, by the team that “does the most good things for a longer period”.

However, he said West Indies, ninth in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings, were ready to take on the number five-ranked side after sweeping the Netherlands last Saturday.

“I don’t want to spoil anything, but I think we are going in a very good direction. The guys are in a very good headspace,” said the skipper.

“The team has responded well in tough situations and that’s something I want to see us adopt here as well. Obviously it’s going to challenge world class bowlers, world class batsmen [playing for Pakistan] but I want us to rise to the challenge and hope for the best. If we can get our catch, run a few errands, you never know what might happen. The game can turn into a few balls.

“We have the confidence and the ability to beat 50 overs but it’s just now the consistency,” he added.

Pooran said the improved fielding could also be the difference between a win and a loss for West Indies. He stressed that dropped catches, as seen in the Dutch series, should be avoided.

“If we can take the majority of our catches, that’s a box we would obviously tick. It could be game-changing for us, so we’re definitely looking to capitalize on our catches and play better as a team,” he said. he declares.

The West Indies team arrived here on Monday, with the exception of Keemo Paul who was a late addition and was due to arrive late yesterday.

Today’s game starts at 4:00 p.m. local time (7:00 a.m. Eastern Caribbean/6:00 a.m. Jamaica).

FULL TEAM: Nicholas Pooran (Captain), Shai Hope (Vice-Captain), Nkrumah Bonner, Shamarh Brooks, Keacy Carty, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Brandon King, Shermon Lewis, Kyle Mayers, Keemo Paul, Anderson Phillip, Rovman Powell, Jayden Seales, Romario Shepherd, Hayden Walsh Jr.

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