Brathwaite, Holder opt out of Windies T20 series in Pakistan

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While Marlon Samuels, Denesh Ramdin and Samuel Badree are the most experienced players featuring in the national squad, whereas Jason Holder, Chris Gayle and Devendra Bishoo are omitted from the squad.

That was followed by the final of the Pakistan Super League T20 tournament a year ago - also in Lahore - which featured several worldwide players, including Darren Sammy.

Eleven members of the West Indies squad arrived in Karachi on Saturday night to play a three-match T20 series against Pakistan.

"Following the successful hosting of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) Final in Karachi on the weekend, our squad are now en route to Pakistan for our three-match T20I series", a Cricket West Indies (CWI) press release quoted CWI Chief Executive Officer Jonny Grave as saying. The batting is centred around Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam, while the bowling is led by Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali, with a new sensation in the 17-year-old fast bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi likely to make his debut. A 3-0 victory will see Pakistan consolidate their position, while in the unlikely event of them suffering a 3-0 reverse, they will slip to fourth. The opening batsman had a poor PSL season with the bat, scoring 173 runs at 19.22 with a strike rate of 85.22, but selectors have chose to stick with him given his decent T20I form.

"We saw a big crowd in the PSl final so I hope they will come in big numbers for the Twenty20 series". "I will be using that experience to my advantage against West Indies". One man Pakistan wouldn't want to write off in particular is Marlon Samuels.

The series represents the first time a major Test-playing nation will tour Pakistan, breaking a nine-year absence of elite sides from the often volatile Asian country.

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West Indies was due to tour Pakistan last November but the tour was postponed due to heavy smog in Lahore.

The city of lights last hosted an worldwide game in 2009 when Sri Lanka played a test match before an attack by gunmen on its team bus in Lahore shut the door of global cricket on Pakistan.

It's hard to predict West Indies' combination, but there is no news of injury.

Cricket West Indies, who acknowledged the series for the first time two days ago while announcing the squad, said they had been assured by independent security advisors Eastern Star International that "risk is manageable and can be mitigated to an acceptable level".

In a bid to accelerate the return of global cricket to the country, the PCB staged the last two finals of the PSL in Lahore and Karachi respectively. The pitch is expected to be hard with the sun baking it all day, and a run-fest could be on the cards.