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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 May, 2005, 10:33 GMT 11:33 UK
Inzamam targets historic victory
After a highly successful tour to India, Inzamam-ul-Haq now has a chance to make history against West Indies.

Inzamam-ul-Haq
Inzamam believes his side can beat West Indies on their own soil

No Pakistan captain has won a Test series in the Caribbean.

But he will have to rely on the help of deputy Younis Khan, who will lead the team in the first Test in Barbados.

Inzamam must sit out the game after being handed a one-match ban for showing dissent to an umpire during their 168-run win over India in Bangalore two months ago.

The poor form of the West Indies team in their series against South Africa has given Pakistan further reason for optimism.

But Inzamam and his players are aware that historically, the Caribbean has not been a happy hunting ground for Pakistan.

1958

Facing a side including Sobers, Kanhai, Weekes and Walcott was a daunting prospect for skipper Abdul Kardar as he led Pakistan in their first series in the West Indies.

They managed to avoid defeat in the opening game thanks to Hanif Mohammed, who batted for 970 minutes to make 337, the longest innings in Test history.

But West Indies won the next three, with paceman Roy Gilchrist proving a handful, before Pakistan gained consolation in Trinidad.

Fazal Mahmood and Nasim-ul-Ghani both took either wickets in the game and Wazir Mohammed made 189 as they came out on top by an innings and one run.

1977

Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft and Joel Garner
Roberts, Holding, Croft and Garner - a fearsome foursome

The 1977 series saw an already formidable West Indies attack bolstered by the introduction of Colin Croft and Joel Garner.

They took 58 wickets in the five-match Test series - Croft 33, Garner 25 - and losing 2-1, with two games drawn, was not a bad effort by Pakistan, who were led by Mushtaq Mohammed.

They levelled the series at 1-1 in Port of Spain, where Mushtaq made 121 and 56 and took eight wickets, but were beaten by 140 runs in the decider despite Asif Iqbal's 135.

1988

Pakistan returned to the Caribbean after an 11-year interval under the captaincy of Imran Khan and the omens did not look good as they lost the one-day series 5-0.

The Tests were a different story, however, with Imran returning match figures of 11-121 as they won the opening game in Guyana by nine wickets.

They hung on for a draw in Trinidad with their last pair at the crease after Viv Richards (123) and Jeff Dujon (106 not out) had enabled West Indies to set a target of 372, but lost out by two wickets in Barbados - an exciting game which could have gone either way.

1993

Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram
Waqar is congratulated by Wasim after taking a wicket
Pakistan had captain Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis in tandem with the new ball in 1993.

But although Waqar was the leading bowler on either side with 19 wickets, West Indies prevailed by a 2-1 margin in the Test series.

They had Desmond Haynes to thank as he made 402 runs at an average of 134 - carrying his bat for 143 not out in Trinidad and following that with 125 in Barbados.

Pakistan came from 2-0 down to share the one-day series, which ended in controversy in Guyana where match referee Raman Subba Row declared a tie after the crowd invaded the pitch as West Indies tried to run two off the final ball.

2000

Pakistan made a winning start to their last Caribbean tour, beating West Indies 2-1 in the best-of-three final after a one-day tournament, which also involved Zimbabwe.

Inzamam began the Test series in style with 135 in Guyana before rain washed out the last two days.

The second match was also drawn after Yousuf Youhana (115) and Imran Nazir (131) shone with the bat for Pakistan, and Wavell Hinds replied with 165 for West Indies.

There was nothing to choose between the sides in the third Test in Antigua where Wasim Akram's 6-61 restricted the home side to a four-run first innings lead.

West Indies were eventually set a target of 216 but Wasim again bowled brilliantly for figures of 5-49 before Jimmy Adams and Courtney Walsh guided West Indies home for a one-wicket win.


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