Afghanistan vs West Indies – 1st One-Day International Preview & Prediction
When is Afghanistan vs West Indies taking place? Tuesday, November 6th (08:30 UK time)
Where is Afghanistan vs West Indies taking place? Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
What is the expected weather for Afghanistan vs West Indies? 29c sunshine with cloudy spells
What channel is Afghanistan vs West Indies on? This match will not be televised live in the UK
Where can I stream Afghanistan vs West Indies? This match will not be streamed live in the UK
Where can I get tickets for Afghanistan vs West Indies? Tickets for this match can be purchased directly from the stadium
West Indies beat Afghanistan by 23 runs
THE TEAM NEWS
- Afghanistan welcome the West Indies to play three ODIs, followed by three T20 matches and a Test match, and they will be keen to get revenge in the 50-over format of the game after they were beaten at Headingley, Leeds in the ODI World Cup in the summer.
- They will be heartened by their record against the Windies in this format having won three of their previous six meetings, losing two and one match being abandoned, and they will be looking to make home field advantage count on pitches that should be spin-friendly.
- They have made some improvements since the World Cup where they lost all nine matches played, and they had a fruitful experience in Bangladesh where they played particularly well, and with the vast majority of that squad available here they will look to build on that against the Windies.
- The Windies begin life under new head coach Phil Simmons with this tour of Afghanistan before moving on to India and they have included some new faces in their ODI and T20 squads as Simmons gets to grips with his new role.
- After some outstanding performances in the Caribbean Premier League, opening batsmen Brandon King and leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr. have been called up for the first time and they will look to carry their good form onto the international scene.
- Kieron Pollard returns to the fold and will lead the team to relieve Jason Holder who can now focus on his game, while Sunil Narine misses out through injury and Chris Gayle has not been called up despite uncertainty over whether he has officially retired or not.
This will be a fascinating series between two teams that are going through a transition period with several new faces in both squads. West Indies were clearly the better team at the World Cup when they met at Headingley but that was a batting-friendly pitch that did not suit Afghanistan’s trio of spinners. This pitch should play significantly different to those conditions and they will surely prepare the pitches to suit the likes of Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. As is always the question with this Afghan side, much will depend on whether their batting can hold up and produce the goods to support their talented bowling attack. If the pitch does favour them, they could surprise the Windies in this opening game as the tourists could take some time to settle.