'Chance to establish career' - Intikhab Alam
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