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Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz is eager to shine during the upcoming three-match Twenty20 series against the West Indies and build on his encouraging form in the recently concluded Pakistan Super League (PSL).
Nawaz represented the Quetta Gladiators during the tournament and scored 127 runs at an average of 21.16. He also took seven wickets at an average of 28.
Speaking to The Nation about the forthcoming series in Karachi, which will be the first time the city has hosted an international match since 2009, Nawaz said: “I am eager to deliver for Pakistan in the T20 series against West Indies, just like I did for the Gladiators in the PSL.
“It was a really wonderful feeling to witness so many people coming to witness the final [at the] National Stadium in Karachi, which was a clear message to the international community that Pakistanis are peace-loving [people] and support sports a lot.
“It was hard to explain the love and passion of Karachiites, who came out in great numbers to support their heroes. The government also played its due role in making the PSL final a success as they embellished the roads well with player hoardings, while the entire city was [given a] bridal look.
“I am sure that each and every player, who came and played here, would have informed his respective cricket boards about the hospitality and respect they were rendered by the Pakistan people. In fact, it was a victory [for] people, sports and all those who trusted in the PCB and the government.”
Nawaz admitted that he is excited about the prospect of playing international cricket in Karachi, but admitted that Pakistan would be making a grave mistake if they underestimated the West Indies as they are the reigning World Twenty20 champions.
“Now the West Indies are coming for a three-match T20 International series to be held in Karachi. I will try my best to repeat the same performances which I had for the Gladiators,” he said. “They are a hard nut to crack. While we need to win the series comfortably to further consolidate our position in the ICC T20 rankings, I am sure our players will deliver and we will succeed in winning the series.”
All three matches will be held in Karachi, and will be played on April 1, 2 and 3.