Confidence in camp West Indies will be sky high and why shouldn’t it be? They just thrashed Australia 4-1 and some of those wins were by decent margins. The Caribbean side are a tough opponent in T20 format for any team in the world but they’d have to be wary of the Pakistan side they will soon be up against.
In some ways, Pakistan are a bit like the West Indies as both the sides excel in the shortest format but deteriorate the longer the cricket goes.
Another reason for the Windies to be careful with Pakistan is their woeful T20I record against the Men in Green. Of the 14 matches played between the two sides, the West Indies have won just three and lost 11. Their abysmal 21.42%-win percentage against Pakistan is their lowest in the format against any other opposition. Thus, it would suffice to say that Pakistan are the kryptonites for the Windies.
That said, most of Pakistan’s wins over Windies have come against a lot less star-studded sides. This current Windies rendition packs all the superstars that previously used to live just for T20 leagues.
Pakistan are usually brilliant in T20 cricket but they’re currently coming off an unimpressive run. Earlier this month, they lost 2-1 to an England side that was still missing a few regulars.
Before that, they had beaten Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe but that’s pretty much a given almost always. In fact, their 2-1 series win, which saw them lose the middle T20I, was actually seen as a bit of a dampener of a result.
In the series against England, coach Misbah-ul-Haq and company tried PSL standout Sohaib Maqsood as well as Azam Khan. Neither did anything of note though. It will be interesting to see if the pair is retained or not against the Windies.