Pakistan need to be responsible: Misbah

LAHORE - After a poor show at the Champions Trophy, the Pakistan cricket team left for the West Indies to play five One-day Internationals and two Twenty20s starting July 14. Pakistan's 16-member team along with head coach Dav Whatmore, bowling coach Muhammad Akram and other supporting staff 
departed from the Jinnah International Airport Karachi on Sunday night. Pakistan ODI captain Misbah-ul-Haq,

 talking to media before departure, said the West Indian team always gives tough time to visiting teams on their home turfs, "but we shall play a good cricket there". "We could not do well in our last two series, this is the time we can perform and boost our morale. The whole team will have to take responsibility, 

one or two players cannot win matches," said Misbah. Earlier Wednesday, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced the 16-member squad for the tour of the West Indies by dropping some big names from the side. The PCB's chief selector Iqbal Qasim claimed to have selected the best available team by making a blend of experienced players and youngsters for the tour. The selection committee retained Misbah as 

the skipper of the One-Day International (ODI) team and Muhammad Hafeez as the captain of Twenty20 side. After the team's disappointing performance in the Champions Trophy in England last month, the PCB took bold steps and dropped senior players and gave chance to young blood. Former captain Shoaib Malik, wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal and opening batsman Imran Farhat could not impress the selectors 

and were ousted from the team. The country's top star player Shahid Afridi, young batsman Ahmad Shehzad, Umar Akmal and emerging wicketkeeper Muhammad Rizwan were included in the team. Pakistan will play five ODI matches against the West Indies starting from July 14 before the two 

Twenty20s slated for July 27 and July 28. Pakistan bowling coach Muhammad Akram said that getting used to Caribbean conditions by bowlers increase prospects of success. Schedule Thu Jul 11: 18:30 PKT Practice match at Bourda, Georgetown, 

Guyana Sun Jul 14: 18:30 PKT 1st ODI at ProvidenceStadium, 

Guyana Tue Jul 16: 18:30 PKT 2nd ODI at ProvidenceStadium, 

Guyana Fri Jul 19: 18:30 PKT 3rd ODI at Beausejour Stadium, 

St Lucia Sun Jul 21: 18:30 PKT 4th ODI Beausejour Stadium, 

St Lucia Wed Jul 24: 18:30 PKT 5th ODI Beausejour Stadium, 

St Lucia Sat Jul 27: 1st T20 at Arnos Vale Ground, Kingstown, 

St Vincent Sat Jul 28: 2nd T20 at Arnos Vale Ground, 

Kingstown, St Vincent - 



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