KARACHI: Eleven members of the West Indies squad arrived in Karachi on Saturday night, ahead of the three-match T20 international series against Pakistan.
The first group of players and officials flew into the Jinnah International Airport at 9:30pm, while the rest of the squad will arrive via another flight early tomorrow.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi tweeted about the players’ arrival;
First group of 11 West Indies players have arrived in Karachi. Others coming tomorrow.
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) March 31, 2018
Among the players who arrived on Saturday were spinner Samuel Badree and former Peshawar Zalmi star Marlon Samuels.
Sindh Sports Minister Sardar Bux Mahar presented the traditional Sindhi ‘Ajrak’ to the Windies players at the airport to welcome them to Pakistan.
Two different flights were said to have been taken due to lack of seats for everyone on the flight from Dubai to Karachi.
The two-time World T20 champions will play Pakistan on April 1, 2 and 3. The foreign players will depart from the stadium right after the match for the airport.
The visiting team will not be taking part in any practice session before the first game on Sunday evening. The captains will also not hold a pre-series press conference, nor will there be a photoshoot with the series trophy as is mostly the case.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Rahat Ali, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi.
West Indies: Jason Mohammed (captain), Samuel Badree, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Andre McCarthy, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Odean Smith, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.
ICC match referee: David Boon (Aus)