Thursday, February 9

Pakistan to have ‘home-advantage’ against Windies: Shoaib Malik

Karachi: As cricket gradually returns to Pakistan after nearly a decade, Pakistan’s seasoned all-rounder Shoaib Malik says that his team will have and an edge against visiting West Indies cricket team for a three-match T20I series due to home advantage.

“Pakistan will have an edge against West Indies due to home advantage,” said Malik, while talking to media here at National Stadium on Friday, as his team prepares for a short three-match series, which is scheduled to run from April 1-3 in Karachi.

The series marks resumption of international action in Karachi after a lapse on nine years. Karachi has also recently hosted Pakistan Super League final.

He further said that the PSL final and the upcoming series will portray a soft image of the country and would pave the way for more foreign teams to come and play in Pakistan.

He added that the overseas players, who played in PSL matches in Lahore and Karachi, wrote positive notes on their respective twitter walls praising Pakistan and its people for great hospitality.

He congratulated Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Najam Sethi and his team and government of Pakistan for hosting PSL matches successfully and hoped for another successful hosting of West Indies team.

He added that a competition could be expected from the forthcoming series as the visiting Windies team is also a balanced side.

He further said that Pakistani youngsters have also been performing well and added that PSL has also helped to bring forth quality talent for the country.