West Indies ready to face Pakistan

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – The West Indies Cricket Team is
focused on the job at hand and will be looking to start on a high when
they face Pakistan in the first One-Day International of the Fortune
Cup Series on Wednesday.

Speaking ahead of the match, Captain Chris Gayle called on his players
to be at their best when they face the Asian opponents at the 17
000-seateer Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Play in the day/night match starts at 3 pm (7 am Eastern Caribbean
Time/6 am Jamaica Time).

"This is a new series and every series is important for us, no matter
who the opponents are, and winning this one will give us more
confidence," the powerful left-hander said. "We have some exciting
newcomers like Lionel Baker, who is yet to play at the international
level. We also have Shawn Findlay and Brendan Nash, so these guys have
an opportunity to prove themselves against good opponents."

Fast bowler Daren Powell, who is in the Top 20 of the ICC's One-Day
bowling rankings, said he was eagerly looking forward to facing the
Pakistani batsmen. He outlined that the team had been working hard
since arriving in Abu Dhabi and were keen on getting on with the
business at hand.

"The pitches look flat and should be good for batting but early on I
expect some bounce for the fast bowlers. When you look at the
surroundings, I believe the ball should do a bit. It should swing when
it's new. The area reminds me a bit of Queen's Park Oval in Trinidad,"
he said.
"We had a good build-up and today's (Tuesday) net session went very
well. We are really excited about the possibilities and we feel
comfortable."

After Wednesday's match the series continues on Friday and Sunday at
the same venue.

TEAMS: Chris Gayle (captain), Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Ramnaresh
Sarwan, Xavier Marshall, Lionel Baker, Carlton Baugh, Sewnarine
Chattergoon, Shawn Findlay, Leon Johnson, Nikita Miller, Brendan Nash,
Daren Powell, Jerome Taylor, Dave Mohammed, Kemar Roach.