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Pakistan to tour Windies for
3 tests, 3 ODIs and 2 T20s
ST JOHN'S, Antigua --- West Indies
will host Pakistan for a two-month
tour from March to May, playing
three Tests and a series of limited
The West Indies Cricket Board said in a
statement Wednesday that the compet-
itive action would start March 31, with
the first of two Twenty20 matches to be
played in Trinidad and Tobago.
The tour will then move to Guyana
for three one-day internationals from
April 7-11, with the tests being staged
in Jamaica, Barbados and Dominica re-
spectively from April 22 to May 14.
The tour will give the hosts a chance
to make amends for their 2-1 test series
defeat to Pakistan in the United Arab
Emirates last October-November.
Roland Holder, the WICB's Manager of
Operation, said the matches would give
West Indies an opportunity "to improve
Any series against Pakistan always
poses an interesting contest for the West
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And he is especially looking forward
to seeing exciting Queen's Park batsman
Nicholas Alexis progress into a regular
fixture on the team. "Alexis is definitely a
player for the future. Every time I see him
play he is growing in confidence, hitting
the ball firmly in the middle of the bat and
he can only get better with the Suyper50
experience," said Jumadeen.
The chief selector is also banking on the
talent of allrounder Imran Khan and spin-
ner John Russ Jagessar especially since in
the past they have proven to be match-winners who
can be relied upon to give more than 100 percent
every time they step onto the field.
"We all know how the persistence of Jagessar
got him into the national team where he more than
proved himself last season, he also benefitted im-
mensely from his pick on the West Indies "A" team
which toured Bangladesh and he along with Khan
adds great value to the package," said Jumadeen.
Also, likely to grow under Ramdin's tutelage in
Antigua is Yannick Ottley who has struggled with
the captaincy of the four-day team, and his batting
has also suffered as the fortunes of the team waned
in the first part of the tournament before Christmas.
"I am confident that Ramdin has the support of
all the players on the squad which will be going to
the Super50 with their optimism high. Everyone
will be focussed and will work as a team and give
their total effort in bringing the regional trophy
back home, "said Jumadeen.
He also defended senior team coach Gus Logie
from the barrage of criticism levelled at him af-
ter a series of poor performances in the four-day
tournament which left the Red Force wallowing
at the bottom of the six-team standings after the
''The cricketers selected have been given all the
tools they need by the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket
Board to play as professionals and get positive re-
sults. Coach Logie has also been doing his best and
can't be carrying all the blame for the poor results
in the four-day format," said Jumadeen.
He said that the players must step up their game
and is counting heavily on Ramdin to whip them
into the correct frame of mind to handle their latest
assignment and fulfil the expectation of a nation
whose appetite for success is proving insatiable.
However, Jumadeen remains highly optimistic
that the squad selected possesses the talent and
hunger to turn the tide in the new year and get the
2017 cricket season off to a winning start.
The strong 14-member Red Force squad for the
upcoming West Indies Cricket Board Super50 lim-
ited overs tournament has been placed in Group
"A" along with invitees Kent Spitfires, Leeward
Islands Hurricanes, West Indies Under-19s, and
the Windward Islands Volcanoes.
Group "B" comprises Barbados Pride, Guyana
Jaguars, CCC Marooners, Jamaica Scorpions, and
the ICC Americas.
Jumadeen excited to see Alexis progress
into a regular fixture on the team
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