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Windies seek revival

West Indies and Pakistan are both seeking their first win after suffering moral- bashing opening-round defeats against Ireland and India respectively.

Jason Holders’ men had a full training session yesterday afternoon and all players participated in the session.

“We are ready to turn the corner and go ahead as far as we can in this World Cup,” announced left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn.

“We have a very important and difficult game against Pakistan and we are looking forward to that. We got to take things into perspective. We got to see how good the pitches are and how small the outfields are.”

Meanwhile, legendary left-arm spinner Iqbal Qasim said the leg-spinner duo of Shahid Afridi and Yasir Shah can play crucial role for Pakistan against West Indies.

West Indies aim to rebound after failing to defend 304 against Ireland, although the structure of the World Cup draw means that the Caribbean side is far from out of quarter-final contention.

But a win over Pakistan in Christchurch would put their campaign back on track in Group B from which four teams will make the last eight.

“We are not hoping at the moment, we are just putting in some hard work. We are trying to build from strength to strength and go as far as we can,” said Benn.

“Spinners have a part to play in any cricket game regardless of how the pitch is. You just have to be smart about what you are doing and use your variations and you should be ok.”

Benn missed the Ireland match with an injury, but is fit again and available to face the Pakistanis.

The last time the two-time champion met was in the 1999 World Cup at Bristol, which remains the only occasion when Pakistan won in the battle between the two sides in World Cup history.

First ball is 11:00 am (6:00 pm Friday Eastern Caribbean time/5:00 pm Jamaica time).


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