As Indian Premier League comes to an end, international cricket will take center stage and the focus will shift now towards the upcoming ODI World Cup. The United Arab Emirates will be hosting the Windies for a three-match ODI series and the first ODI is all set to begin on 4th June at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. It is an opportunity for both teams to prepare themselves for the upcoming ODI World Cup.
UAE has seen a lot of growth in the past two years in cricket. They have hosted numerous tournaments and because of the same reason, they have gained experience in playing against big teams.
West Indies cricket is struggling for the past few years. They are yet to qualify for the ODI World Cup and hence they must be taking the series against UAE very seriously. The top bookmakers in India have odds for series with them.
UAE will be coming to play against West Indies after witnessing a loss in the final game of the ACC Premier League against Nepal. Asif Khan was the key batsman from UAE but the bowlers completely failed to make an impact. Rohan Mustafa picked up 2 wickets in 10 overs at an economy of 1.30 and he will be in the spotlight against West Indies. Team management will be expecting a good start from skippers Muhammad Waseem and Aryan Lakra.
Muhammad Waseem will be the in-charge of the team with the best possible playing XI.
Predicted Lineup: Muhammad Waseem (c), Aryan Lakra, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Rameez Shahzad, Asif Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Basil Hameed, Aayan Afzal Khan, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan
West Indies will be coming to international cricket after a break of two months. They last played a T20 series against South Africa in the month of March. West Indies has found themselves in a difficult situation when it comes to the ODI format. The batters are struggling to score runs and the bowlers are not that impactful. Bradon King, Nicholas Pooran, Alzaari Joseph, and Kyle Mayersa will be the key players for the visitors.
Shai Hope will be the leading man for West Indies and he will have the services of the best players on the ground.
Predicted Lineup: Kyle Mayers, Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks, Shai Hope (c & wk), Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Jason Holder, Odean Smith, Yannic Cariah, Akeal Hosein, Alzarri Joseph
UAE will give tough competition to West Indies as they have the home advantage. West Indies have done some major changes in the squad and things look positive for them. We predict a win for West Indies in the first ODI.