‘Home’ advantage gives Pakistan the edge, says Malik

Pakistan allrounder Shoaib Malik believes that knowledge of the conditions in their adopted home of the UAE will give his team the edge over the visiting T20I world champions the West Indies.

Malik expressed confidence that under new captain Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan could mount a serious challenge to their more fancied opponents who will be without Andre Russell and Chris Gayle.

The 34-year-old told the National: “In T20, West Indies are the best in the world, and have very good cricketers.

“But we have good cricketers, too, and we are playing in our home conditions, so that is going to give us a slight extra edge.

“We have prepared well. We did well against England in England, and we have confidence from that.”

Another of Pakistan’s allrounders Imad Wasim has expressed confidence ahead of what promises to be an exciting series.

Imad commented: “I played CPL [Caribbean Premier League], and it is clear they have a lot of talent.

“They are near the top of the world rankings [Number one], and the world champions, so you can’t take them easy.

“They’re a very good side, but if we play to our potential, we can beat any side in the world.

“We beat England convincingly, and they were World Cup finalists.

“I personally want the team to be consistent.”

Pakistan take on the West Indies in three T20Is the first of which gets underway in Dubai on Friday.