Carlos Brathwaite said that despite the familiar conditions in UAE, the weather would play an important factor, as it is usually harsh at this time of the year © AFP
Carlos Brathwaite said that despite the familiar conditions in UAE, the weather would play an important factor, as it is usually harsh at this time of the year © AFP

West Indies Twenty20 International (T20I) skipper Carlos Brathwaite, who would be leading his side against Pakistan in the upcoming three-T20I series in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has urged the youngsters in the Windies squad to express themselves, and play their natural game in the series, as their performance could eventually decide their fate and future in the national side. Youngsters in the form of Rovmna Powell and Nicholas Pooran have had impressive stint in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2016. Powell has scored 228 runs in the 13 matches he played for Jamaica Tallawahs, while Pooran scored 217 runs in 10 matches at an average of 27.12 and a strike rate of 197.27, for the Barbados Tridents, along with eights stumping as well.

“Go there, express yourselves, continue to be exciting and eventually win games for the West Indies. It’s a big task to represent the West Indies, and away from home is probably a little easier because you don’t have family in the stands with that extra pressure. You’re just surrounded by your team-mates and it’s a good team to be in at the moment, so it’s just about going there and continuing to do the things that they did to get themselves here and do it for longer periods – it’s a higher stage, more pressure, but I’m sure they can continue with it and do well,” said Braithwaite to espncricinfo.com.

“The selectors were very big in ensuring that some young players are blooded and rubbed shoulders with some of the best T20 players in the world so we can continue our legacy of being dominant in this format, and those were two of the guys who fit the bill at this point in time,” he added. Full Cricket Scorecard: Pakistan vs West Indies, 1st T20I at Dubai

West Indies, who were in Dubai earlier in 2016 for the preparatory camp, prior to their ICC World T20 2016 win, have a familiar knowledge with the conditions here, as they won a tournament here as well, while Brathwaite was quick to add, that despite the familiar conditions in UAE, the weather would play an important factor, as it is usually harsh at this time of the year. Joel Garner in charge of WI for PAK series in UAE

“It wasn’t as hot early in the year, but, apparently, we’re smack dab in the middle of their summer, so it can get very, very hot. It’s for the players to prepare well, manage themselves well off the field, rehydration-wise, get enough rest, and each and every one of us is a professional and we know what our body needs to be an optimal thing to perform, so it’s just about us doing things we do off the field, planning well, preparing well, and evidently performing well when the games come,” said Brathwaite.