Pakistan in West Indies 2011 April 18, 2011

'Chance to establish career' - Intikhab Alam

ESPNcricinfo staff

Pakistan's tour of West Indies is an opportunity for youngsters in the squad to establish their careers, team manager Intikhab Alam has said. While Pakistan have it in them to be successful on the tour, discipline, he said, will be key.

"We've brought some youngsters with us and I think it's a golden opportunity for them to make a name for themselves, to make a career in the sport," Alam said. "Umar Akmal has special talent. The people of the Caribbean will like the way he plays because he's so entertaining and hits the ball exceptionally.

"Now [after the semi-final finish at the World Cup] the expectations are even higher for this tour, because we have never won a series out here before. Overall all the boys need to put in the hard work, commitment and discipline for us to leave the Caribbean happy.

"It was a long journey from Pakistan but we travelled well and the boys are well," said Alam, who played the last of his 47 Tests at the Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad in 1977. "We enjoy touring the Caribbean. I personally have spent a lot of time here and cherish the friendship of greats like Sir Garfield Sobers, Clive Lloyd and others."

Pakistan, who arrived in the West Indies on Friday, had their first training session in St Lucia on Saturday and will play their first tour game there on Monday, against Vice Chancellor's XI led by Combined Campuses & Colleges captain, Omar Philips. The first ODI is on April 23 in St Lucia.

Vice Chancellor's XI squad: Omar Phillips (capt.), Miles Bascombe, Nkrumah Bonner, Carlos Brathwaite, Dwayne Bravo, Kyle Corbin, Keron Cottoy, Fidel Edwards, Kevin McClean, Gilford Moore, Kjorn Ottley, Shervon Penco, Raymon Reifer, Chadwick Walton

Pakistan squad: Shahid Afridi (capt.), Misbah-ul-Haq (vice-captain), Abdur Rehman, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Hammad Azman, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Salman, Sadaf Hussain, Saeed Ajmal, Tanveer Ahmed, Taufeeq Umar, Umar Akmal, Usman Salahuddin, Wahab Riaz

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  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    ... HOPE That new yOUNGSTERS WILL PERFORM WLL...!! THEY have a good oportunity

  • Dummy4 on April 20, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    ... HOPE That new yOUNGSTERS WILL PERFORM WLL...!! THEY have a good oportunity

  • ABDUL on April 19, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    Somebody must tell Younis Khan he is no longer a one day player anymore and Shahid Afirdi is no longer an allrounder he gets more wickets than runs nowdays. Pakistan desperately need a batting coach. Waqar is a bowling coach.If Maindad is not intrested in coaching the younsters than surely there must be someone else in Pakistan who will travel abroad with the team.Why doesnt Mosin Khan do the job himself if he partly responsible in picking the team and Wasim Bari coach the wicketkeepers.

  • masood on April 19, 2011, 2:41 GMT

    pak won by 68 runs...score pak 287/8..hafeez [capt] 101,shehzad 49.akmal,57..uwi x1 219/8..dwayne bravo 63

  • Adrian on April 19, 2011, 2:37 GMT

    This should be an interesting series. Both teams are under strength.

  • khan on April 19, 2011, 1:33 GMT

    Pakistan has golden chance to beat West Indies and won the series of all three format As Pakistan has psychological edge West Indies, having beaten West Indies in World Cup.

    Feel Afridi should return to test cricket?

    Khan R.

    Bradford, United Kingdom.

  • Omar on April 18, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Being a Pakistani myself,one thing I seriously don't understand about Pakistani cricket fans is the fact that most of them have criticised Misbah Ul Haq after that India vs Pakistan World Cup Semifinal. Many have said he should retire, others say he doesn't have a place in the team or he should go down to the lower order etc. But they should realise he is their most consistent runscorer in oneday and tests this year, without him Pakistan have no stability in the middle order. In fact you should thank him for being a player whocan atleast bat for one whole day in a test,something many Pakistani player of the recent era have lacked. And who can not forget his unbrocken streaks of 50's this year! I admit he didn't play at his best against India but he shouldn't retire because of this.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    all the youngsters should be given equal chance in this series...

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    I don't know about Misbah, or why he is vice-captain, but Pakistan has a really good team right now. Shehzad and Hafeez should open. Personally, I would like Afridi to open, he used to be really good at it. Umar Akmal's talent is being wasted down. Let him play at 5. I think Afridi should play 3 or 4. It is time for him to construct innings, and play like a captain. Asad Shafiq should play either 3 or 4, and then Misbah should be lower down the order.

  • zain on April 18, 2011, 19:35 GMT

    i'm so confused!!!!!!!!! Can somebody please explain. Pakistan champions league ( the first one ever) starts in a few days. I f team on tour then how can they host the event The main reason the karachi champions leagues was a succes was because it had karachi famous greats. Big players must be in event. Will they really hold it without big players

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