West Indies v Pakistan | 1st ODI | Gros Islet | 23/04/11 | West Indies Innings

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Match Facts
April 23, Gros Islet, St Lucia
Start time 0930am (1330 GMT)

Lendl Simmons. Does he look much like Chris Gayle to you? © AFP
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News : Sammy urges team unity
Players/Officials: Chris Gayle | Shahid Afridi | Lendl Simmons | Umar Akmal
Matches: West Indies v Pakistan at Gros Islet
Series/Tournaments: Pakistan tour of West Indies
Teams: Pakistan | West Indies
The Big Picture
Chris Gayle, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Kieron Pollard, Umar Gul, Younis Khan, Kamran Akmal. The list of players missing from West Indies' home ODI series against Pakistan, for all manner of reasons, is long. It's been a somewhat incongruent start to the tour for Pakistan, who have enjoyed the far smoother preparation, having planned to rest Gul and Younis ahead of the subsequent Test series, while also cutting ties with the iron-gloved Kamran. The only kind of disquiet was created by the captain Shahid Afridi's change of heart over making the trip to the Caribbean.
Gayle has of course been at the centre of a perfect storm surrounding his non-selection and subsequent flight to the IPL, where the in-demand Pollard had already chosen to play ahead of national duties. Dwayne Bravo will join them when the Test matches start, painting an altogether unhealthy picture of West Indies unity, or lack thereof.

However, a strong victory in the opening Twenty20 match suggested that Darren Sammy's side is not entirely without hope, and will fancy their chances of overturning an ugly World Cup quarter-final loss to Pakistan in Mirpur, 31 days ago. Notable too is the return of Marlon Samuels for his first ODI since being banned for inappropriate dealings with an illegal bookmaker. It is nearly a year since Samuels became eligible to return.
Form guide
(most recent first)
West Indies WWLLL

Pakistan LWWWL
Watch out for...
Lendl Simmons showed plenty of vim at the top of the order for West Indies in the Twenty20 prelude to this match, and will need to keep that up in the absence of Gayle. The circumstances of Gayle's departure indicate that he might not be back, so Simmons has the chance to make the opening spot his own.
Umar Akmal will also be hoping to raise his game in this series. A joy to behold at the batting crease, Umar must continue to grow and mature in the knowledge that the likes of Misbah-ul-Haq and the absent Younis are ageing all the time.
Team news
West Indies expressed the desire to try a younger side against Pakistan in this series, but their manner of doing so caused all kinds of ructions surrounding the future of Gayle and Sarwan. Samuels, older and wiser, is back in the team, while Simmons will have the task of replacing Gayle at the top of the order. Pakistan have also plumped for youth, though in the case of Younis and Gul theirs is only a temporary absence. Hammad Azam is the man charged with replacing Abdul Razzaq as the allrounder.
West Indies (possible): 1 Devon Smith, 2 Lendl Simmons, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Kirk Edwards, 6 Dwayne Bravo, 7 Carlton Baugh (wk), 8 Darren Sammy (capt), 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Kemar Roach, 11 Ravi Rampaul

Pakistan (possible): 1 Taufeeq Umar, 2 Mohammad Hafeez, 3 Asad Shafiq, 4 Misbah-ul-Haq, 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Hammad Azam, 7 Mohammad Salman (wk), 8 Shahid Afridi (capt), 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Tanvir Ahmed, 11 Saeed Ajmal.
Pitch and conditions
The St Lucia surface lost pace noticeably over the course of the Twenty20 match that opened the tour, meaning more of the same can be expected in the first ODI - Ajmal and Bishoo take note.
Stats and trivia
West Indies have not beaten Pakistan in a bilateral ODI series since a 2-0 success in Pakistan over three matches in November 1991 - the second match was tied.
Pakistan won the only two matches between the two nations to be played in St Lucia, by 40 and 22 runs during the 2005 series won 3-0 by the visitors.
West Indies' short-term batting coach Desmond Haynes has made the most runs in limited-overs matches between the two countries, racking up 2390 at 41.92 in 65 matches, though his strike-rate of 60.86 now appears a little dated.
Samuels' last ODI appearance was also in St Lucia, against Sri Lanka in April 2008. He finished 3 not out as the match was wiped out by rain.
"I have served West Indies for many years, but I was disrespected a lot, and I have been playing under a lot of pressure. I can't sleep properly. I need to get this off my chest. I want everybody to print what I said, I want to clear the air and I want them to ease up. WICB… back up offa my back."
Chris Gayle is the most high-profile absentee from the series, for the most high-profile reasons, too.
"I had decided to skip the tour because I wanted to take a break from the game, but some former players and my family and friends told me to change my decision at this crucial time for Pakistan cricket."
Shahid Afridi might have been missing too if not for second thoughts.
The coverage for this series has been pathetic.

Such a shame!
Toss West Indies have won it and have decided to bat first.
Toss West Indies have won it and have decided to bat first.

Afridi needs to practice winning the toss. Was so good at it earlier. :))
PAK XI: Afridi (c), Hafeez, Misbah, Asad, Akmal, Azam, Ajmal, Salman, Riaz, Junaid, Shahzad
West Indies have left out Ravi Rampaul and Anthony Martin.
Good team for the first ODI. I feel the batting is a little light, but this was the best you could hope for from the given squad. Excited to see how the young un's do!
You will find many people happy on PakPassion as hammad azam is playing, hope he performs with both bat and ballllllll.
Completely disagree.YK and Razzaq should never play an ODI for Pakistan againt.Kami should never play in any format full stop.

Lets deal with these one by one.

Abdul Razzaq.

Razzaq has 2 50+ scores in 30 matches since his comeback in 09.He took 19 wickets at 42 in those 30 games.Its time to move on and try someone new.

Younis Khan.

Since aug 09 he avgs 26 in 34 games with six 50+ scores.Again not good enough.Time to move on.

Kamran Akmal.

Kamran has 7 50+ scores in 37 games in that time span.Mostly he bats at the top and averages below 30.Add in his blunders behind the stumps he is not worthy of a place.

Razzaq and YK.... they keep being rotated in and out.... that is the cause of inconsistency.....

You need to look at the balance of a side and what they provide. They provide what our team needs.

You only bring players in to replace incumbents.... when they are breaking the door down a la Umar Akmal, Fawad, Amir etc...

Not cos you just fancy a change and then hope for the best.

Re Kami... On this one we may just have to agree to disagree cos I know he is a bit like marmite... you either love him or hate him.

IMO he provides us with an excellent start in the PP overs a quickfire 30-40.. which then allows the rest of the side to play off it. In T20's there are few players who have more runs than him.
in siwnger guy wanted the same team to play... he got his wish done.. congrats in swinger:)
You will find many people happy on PakPassion as hammad azam is playing, hope he performs with both bat and ballllllll.

I am not too happy
Taufiq shd have played ahead of shehzad
And Rehman's been in pretty good form of late
took 2 wkts in th t20 and 4 in the practice game shd have played ahead of misbah
WI won the toss in QF - Pak win

Pak won the in last T20 - WI win

so this time WI won the toss == Pak win ...:)
Thank God the obsession with spinners wasn't continued.

C'mon Hammad cheetaaaaaaaaay! :hammad :hammad :hammad
W.I bowling looks full of fire! edwards, roach and russell!

should be fun for our batsmen.
Oh, and I'm really happy to see a WI bowling attack of Russell, Edwards and Roach with Bishoo. Just need Taylor back for Russell (who's going to be a star in the future) and they pretty much have their first-choice bowling attack (fast one too!) It's going to be a good challenge for our batsman.
Yes!! both Azam and Khan playing!! I hope we bat 2nd in all 5 matches coz we suck at chasing
Jimmy Adams :pissed:

Remember him winning the Test match vs Pakistan right at the death in 2000.
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