Pak vs WI: Nicholas Pooran wants team to focus on catching and consistent batting

Pak vs WI: Nicholas Pooran wants team to focus on catching and consistent batting

Pak vs WI: Nicholas Pooran wants team to focus on catching and consistent batting

West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran (Credits: Google)

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  • We will not focus on intense weather: Pooran.
  • The match will be hosted by Multan Cricket Stadium.
  • West Indies will focus on catches and consistent batting: Pooran
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With the intense weather in Multan, West Indies skipper Nicholas Pooran says his team will not focus on the weather conditions, as the Caribbeans look to pile up ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers wins.

Pakistan will host the West Indies in the first home one-day international today at the Multan Cricket Stadium. The match will begin at 04:00 pm local times.

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In-form Keemo Paul has been flown in, despite the heat, to reinforce the team. West Indies lead selector Desmond Haynes stated that Paul earned his spot in the squad due to his outstanding performance in the regional four-day championships for Guyana.

“Coming from the Netherlands, from the cold to heat [is not ideal],” Pooran told the media on Tuesday. “Today we had our first training session and it went really good. We trained at 4 pm, and it was windy. For now, it’s okay. Hopefully, it doesn’t affect us. Coming from the Caribbean, it is quite similar, so I think we’ll be alright.

“The guys are coping well, the medical team is doing everything to keep us protected. You can’t see the future, but I don’t think the heat will be too much of a problem after what I saw this afternoon.”

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Nicholas Pooran was not concerned about his batting form despite poor performance against spinners during the series against the Netherlands, where he could only score the highest of 10 runs. However, he believes that playing against spinners is still his strong point.

“No, I’m fine, this is not the first time I haven’t scored runs,” he said. “Have to check my stats, but I am always scoring runs. Obviously, I’m disappointed by my personal performance in the Netherlands. Some people may say that I should’ve scored runs in the Netherlands. But I believe I am a good player of spin and don’t think I have to overthink it too much.

“It’s just a matter of time, I need to get a start and then capitalize on it.”

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Nicholas Pooran said that the West Indies team should accept the challenge of defeating Pakistan on their home ground rather than fearing it.

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He further stated that his team has two goals; hold on to catches and bat consistently.

“Some world-class bowlers and batsmen here [for Pakistan], but I want the players to embrace the challenge,” he said. “If we can take our catches, get some runs, you never know what can happen, the game can turn in a couple of balls. We want to use our momentum [from the Netherlands] and continue to be consistent as a team.

“Cricket is played on its day. We had three guys getting centuries [in the Netherlands]. We saw Brandon King being consistent with the bat. This is obviously really good for us. As a batting group, we want to bat 50 overs. In the Ireland series, in the India series, we haven’t batted all 50 overs.

“Yes we are coming to Pakistan, yes they have good bowlers as well, but I believe we have the ability and confidence to bat the 50 overs. We appreciate the small goals and as a team, we want to achieve it. One step at a time, and we’ll take it from there.”

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