Talking after the team's practice session in preparation at the National Stadium, Malik said that Pakistan would not be complacent against West Indies because the islanders' new and young players could really spring a surprise in the shortest format of the game.
The Jason Mohammed-led 13-man outfit are bereft of the stars which helped them to the capture of the 2016 T20 World Cup in India, and will understandably start as underdogs in a contest which will be remembered mostly for its role in resuming foreign tours of the cricket-crazy country.
Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul was stretchered off the field and taken to the hospital for precautionary X-rays as he twisted his left ankle in his follow through in his first over and the newcomer could not bat for West Indies.
The three-match T20 series against the West Indies is seen as a big step towards reviving global cricket in Pakistan, which was suspended in 2009 following a 2009 militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore. The West Indies are very weak on this tour or say the team of the second number has sent. The Caribbean Board also offered to pay more money to the players for the Pakistan tour.
Jason Mohammad will lead West Indies after the big guns - Brathwaite, Gayle, Lewis - chose not to travel. "He has lots of captaincy experience at first-class level".
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"Smith has good pace and has shown good potential as a fast bowler".
"Permaul has already had a few opportunities at worldwide level, so he is no stranger to global cricket". We focus more on the big names but ignore the basic fact that it's the team combination that wins you games.
Browne added: "Paul has really grasped his opportunity following a strong showing in the Super50, the WINDIES "A" series victories against England Lions and he has grabbed his opportunity at global level".
This year Pakistan staged two PSL play-offs in Lahore before last Sunday's final of the T20 tournament in Karachi. They needed more than just one venue to host worldwide cricket again.
SQUAD - Jason Mohammed (captain), Samuel Badree, Rayad Emrit, Andre Fletcher, Andre McCarthy, Keemo Paul, Veerasammy Permaul, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon Samuels, Odean Smith, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams.