SHARJAH: Pakistan are determined to complete a 9-0 rout of the West Indies when the two teams meet in the third and final Test in Sharjah today.
Having blanked their opponents 3-0 in both the T20I and ODI series, Pakistan also claimed the first two Tests — by 56 runs in the day-nighter in Dubai and by 133 runs in the second match in Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan’s strong batting line-up, coupled with the leg-spin of Yasir Shah, proved too good for the inexperienced West Indies who started the tour on a sour note when head coach Phil Simmons was sacked.
They looked rudderless in the limited-overs series and despite fighting gallantly in both Tests by extending the matches to the fifth and final days with stubborn batting, they need a huge lift to avoid another whitewash.
“Yes, we want to be ruthless, definitely,” said Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur. “We set the challenge that we have eight Tests to play [three in the UAE followed by five in New Zealand and Australia]. We have only played two. We are going to judge ourselves on the eight Tests and every Test presents a different challenge.”
Arthur said that besides results, he wants to see consistent improvement from notoriously unpredictable Pakistan.
“I go deeper than getting good results. I want us to play a good brand of cricket, see improvement in the players and the roles players are executing,” he said.