UPDATE: Opening T20 between West Indies and Pakistan becomes T9 due to rainWednesday, July 28, 2021
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AFP) — Play is underway in the rain-affected first T20 International of the four-match series between the West Indies and Pakistan at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Steady rain delayed the start of play by almost three hours and the match has been reduced to nine overs-per-side with the West Indies put in to bat after Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss.
Following his success in the just-completed ODI series against Australia, the home side included left-arm spinner Akeal Hosein in their line-up.
He will complement wrist-spinner Hayden Walsh, the "Man of the Series" in the 4-1 T20I triumph over the Aussies in St Lucia two weeks ago.
Pakistan are giving a debut to 19-year-old all-rounder Mohammad Wasim in a side which shows two other changes from the team which concluded the three-match T20I series in England earlier this month.
Sharjeel Khan comes in at the top of the order while Azam Khan slots into the middle-order.
West Indies – Kieron Pollard (captain), Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein.
Pakistan – Babar Azam (captain), Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wicketkeeper), Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usman Qadir.
Umpires: Gregory Brathwaite (WIS), Nigel Duguid (WIS)
Match Referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)
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