NOTTINGHAM: Pakistan is batting first as West Indies won the toss and elected to field first in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 match against green shirts.
Pakistan have included Haris Sohail in the 11-member squad, while Asif Ali has been left out.
Speaking after the toss, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed said his team needed to survive the first few overs, adding that the pitch looked good for batting.
“We will try to post good runs on the board and then defend them,” said Sarfaraz.
Pakistan 1992 World Cup winning captain and current Prime Minister, Imran Khan also gave a special message to Sarfaraz led team to remove fears and fight till the last ball.
In a tweet from his account, the premier said:
My advice to the Pakistan team today is what I would tell my players before a match: Give your 100 percent, fight to the last ball and never let the fear of losing enter your mind, influence your strategy or play. Pakistan’s prayers and support are with Sarfaraz and the team.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 31, 2019
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
West Indies: Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran(w), Andre Russell, Jason Holder(c), Carlos Brathwaite, Ashley Nurse, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas