SHARJAH: Skipper Misbahul Haq walked out for a toss in a Test match for the 49th time – more than any other Pakistan captain – and, after winning his third toss of the three-Test series, had no hesitation in choosing to bat.
That means West Indies could once again find themselves batting last on a pitch that is likely to break up as the match progresses. Each team made two changes to its playing XI. Pakistan brought back fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz, in place of Sohail Khan and Rahat Ali.
West Indies selected Alzarri Joseph in place of Miguel Cummins, while first-choice wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich slots back in for Shai Hope, who had stood in for him in the second Test. Sharjah is expected to be hotter than Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The pitch looked like it had a bit of moisture, but was expected to get drier with time.
Pakistan 1 Sami Aslam, 2 Azhar Ali, 3 Younis Khan, 4 Misbah ul Haq (capt), 5 Asad Shafiq, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 7 Mohammad Nawaz, 8 Wahab Riaz, 9 Yasir Shah, 10 Zulfiqur Babar, 11 Mohammad Amir
West Indies 1 Kraigg Brathwaite, 2 Leon Johnson, 3 Darren Bravo, 4 Marlon Samuels, 5 Jermaine Blackwood, 6 Roston Chase, 7 Shane Dowrich (wk), 8 Jason Holder (capt), 9 Devendra Bishoo, 10 Alzarri Joseph, 11 Shannon Gabriel