West Indies win toss, elect to bat against Pakistan in first ODI


Nicholas Pooran hits a six during the first ODI match at the Multan Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. AFP

West Indies won the toss in the sweltering heat on Wednesday and elected to bat in the first one-day international of the three-match series against Pakistan.

The ODI series was postponed last year after a COVID-19 outbreak in the West Indies squad during the preceding Twenty20 series in Pakistan.

The temperature hovered around 42 degrees Celsius (107 F) at the time of the toss at the Multan Cricket Stadium, which is hosting its first international game in 14 years.

Hope-WestIndies Shai Hope (L) celebrates with teammate Brandon King after scoring 100 runs during the first ODI match in Multan. AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board relocated the series to Multan from Rawalpindi last week because of the uncertain political situation in the country. The opposition, led by former Prime Minister Imran Khan, is planning rallies in the federal capital Islamabad, which is adjacent to Rawalpindi.

West Indies is further strengthened with the return of Rovman Powell and Romario Shepherd after it routed the Netherlands 3-0 in the last week’s ODI series at Amstelveen. Both Powell and Shepherd missed the series against the Netherlands due to a delay in issuing their visas.

Pakistan awarded an ODI debut to 21-year-old middle-order batter Mohammad Haris, who impressed the selectors in the Pakistan Super League. All-rounders Shadab Khan and Mohammad Nawaz returned to Pakistan’s ODI team after missing the last home series against Australia due to injuries.


Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Haris, Khushdil Shah, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf.

West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (captain), Shai Hope, Shamarh Brooks, Brandon King, Kyle Mayers, Rovman Powell, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph, Jayden Seales, Hayden Walsh Jr., Romario Shepherd.

Associated Press


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