Thursday, May 18, 2017

Something special *

Holder wants batsmen to step up on Sabina’s 50th


Not for the first time, West Indies' unpredictable and error-prone batting will attract all the attention when the Caribbean side face Pakistan in the opening Test of the three-match series at Sabina Park today.

The match marks both the 50th Test for the famous ground, and match between the two sides, and Holder was mindful of this yesterday.

“To host 50 Test matches is something to be very proud of and as a team we want to do something memorable to commemorate the moment for the people of Jamaica and the entire Caribbean,” he said.

His Pakistan counterpart Misbah Ul-Haq who is in his final series, also hailed the big occasion, saying it was a “ It is a great honour and privilege for me to lead Pakistan team in the 50th Test match between our two sides.”

In search of their first series win over their opponents in 17 years, West Indies have placed the burden on an inexperienced batting line-up with Kraigg Brathwaite, Jermaine Blackwood and Kieran Powell, the only three to have played more than 20 Tests.

Even then, the trio have played just 77 Tests among them and scored a mere nine hundreds, further underlining the tenuous nature of the batting line-up and captain Jason Holder was quick to emphasise the importance of the batsmen stepping up during the series.

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