Fletcher, Shepherd in as West Indies opt to bowl; Maqsood replaces injured Khan

Both teams have been forced to make changes due to injuries © AFP/Getty Images

Toss West Indies win the toss and opt to bowl vs Pakistan

After a washed-out first T20I in Bridgetown, the second T20I began at the Providence Stadium in more promising fashion, with the sun peeking through the clouds and West Indies captain Kieron Pollard opting to bowl first at the toss against Babar Azam’s Pakistan.

Both teams have been forced to make changes due to injuries. Lendl Simmons’ injury to the neck and arm off a Mohammad Wasim delivery in the first match has left West Indies bringing in Andre Fletcher at the top. Andre Russell, too, was left out for Romario Shepherd, most likely as a rotation policy with the T20 World Cup due in a few months.

For Pakistan, a blow to the head for Azam Khan during training between the two games gives a chance to Sohaib Maqsood, who had a forgettable white-ball tour of England after winning the Player-of-the-Season award at PSL 2021.

West Indies XI: West Indies: 1 Andre Fletcher, 2 Evin Lewis, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Shimron Hetmyer, 5 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 6 Kieron Pollard (capt), 7 Jason Holder, 8 Romario Shepherd, 9 Dwayne Bravo, 10 Haydn Walsh, 11 Akeal Hosein

Pakistan XI: 1 Mohammad Rizwan (wk) 2 Sharjeel Khan 3 Babar Azam (capt) 4 Fakhar Zaman 5 Mohammad Hafeez 6 Sohaib Maqsood 7 Shadab Khan 8 Hasan Ali 9 Mohammad Wasim 10 Usman Qadir 11 Shaheen Shah Afridi

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