Pakistan’s chance to clean sweep all formats

Sharjah—Pakistan have already won the series, after taking a 2-0 lead with their victory in Abu Dhabi, but the final Test in Sharjah presents them with an opportunity to set some benchmarks. In their sights is a sixth series whitewash, and a chance to complete a clean sweep of West Indies: 3-0 in the Tests, to go with 3-0 in the ODIs and 3-0 in the T20 internationals.
Misbah-ul-Haq is also set to lead Pakistan for the 49th time in Tests, and pass Imran Khan as the country’s most-capped captain. Little did anyone think he would come this far – Misbah is 42 years old now – when he was appointed captain in 2010, and success in Sharjah would be an occasion for more celebratory push-ups.
West Indies were not easily beaten in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. They pushed each Test into the fifth day and made Pakistan bowl more than 100 overs in the fourth innings before the game was up.
There were heartening performances from Darren Bravo, Devendra Bishoo, Shannon Gabriel and Jermaine Blackwood, but West Indies’ wait for victory continues despite having arrived in the UAE about 40 days ago.—Agencies

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