Test Cricket Tours - West Indies to Pakistan 1997-98
Tour of Pakistan 1997-98Captain: Courtney Walsh
43rd official Test tour
Sixth Test-playing tour of Pakistan by the West Indies
Pakistan achieved their first series win over West Indies for 39 years with an historic 3-0 victory. It was the first time West Indies had been whitewashed in a series since 1928.Pakistan bowled out West Indies, perhaps helped by some questionable umpiring, six times, which the tourists could do to Pakistan only three times.The tourists’ batting was described in the Telegraph as lacking character, heart and quality; the fielding was described as slipshod. More was expected of Lara than his 129 runs in six Test innings.
“It’s obvious the team has been on the slide for a number of years,” manager Clive Lloyd said of the decline: “We didn't stop and take stock, and we should have done.”Only in Sharjah did the players’ performance improve and they reached the final of the Champions Trophy.
The tour party was rumoured to have fallen into two camps, supporting either Walsh or Lara, who was denied both the captaincy and vice-captaincy by the West Indian Board. Manager Clive Lloyd, who was not on the selection committee, was unhappy with the choice of some of the 15 players. Sources for Dawn claimed that the team management had told a player in Lahore to pack his bags and go home, although eventually he remained a part of the side.
After a three-hour road journey from Karachi for the match in Hyderabad, the West Indians found the hotel the Cricket Board had booked them into was full, and they were shown instead to a guest house where the beds were too small for their big fast bowlers and there was no chef, nor a clean kitchen. Manager Lloyd said it was simply not good enough for four nights and the match was cancelled.
Opening batsmen: Sherwin Campbell, Philo Wallace, Stuart Williams
Middle-order batsmen: Shiv Chanderpaul, Roland Holder, Brian Lara, Carl Hooper, Phil Simmons
Wicket-keeper: David Williams
Slow bowler: Rawl Lewis
Fast bowlers: Curtly Ambrose, Ian Bishop, Mervyn Dillon, Franklyn Rose, Courtney Walsh.
C E L Ambrose
I R Bishop
S L Campbell
R I C Holder
C L Hooper
B C Lara
R N Lewis
F A Rose
P V Simmons
P A Wallace
C A Walsh
S C Williams
Representation of teams:
B - Barbados (3)
G- Guyana (2)
J- Jamaica (2)
L - Leeward Islands (2)
T - Trinidad & Tobago (5)
W- Windward Islands (1)
Average age ofteam at time of first Test match
(17 November 1997) : 25 yrs11 months
ODIMember of the one-day series squad for the Wills Quadrangular.
Test Appearances made before the tour
Walsh 93,Ambrose 72,Hooper 64,Lara 45,Bishop 37, Simmons 25,Campbell 23,Chanderpaul 21,SC Williams 19,Holder 7,Rose 7,D Williams 3,Dillon 2,Lewis 0,Wallace 0.
Wes Hall (chairman),Joey Carew andMichael Findlay.
Tour Party Announced :1 August 1997.
The West Indies selectors wanted Lara as captain but were over-ruled by the WI Board, and he was not even designated as vice-captain.
Not selected : Jimmy Adams,Courtney Browne, Junior Murray.
The team assembled in Trinidad for a five-day coaching seminar, but Ambrose, Hooper, Lara and Walsh did not attend. The West Indies team left Jamaica on 21 October for London before moving on to Islamabad two days later.Arrived at Lahore Airport on Friday morning 24 October 1997.
The team arrived in Sharjah on 10 December.
None. Curtly Ambrose flew back to the West Indies for rest and treatment for his back injury., missing the third Test and Champions Trophy in Sharjah.
† Lahore (AC)
National Bank(45 overs)
Won 22 runs
Sri Lanka (1st ODI)
Lost 7 w
South Africa (2nd ODI)
Lost 5 w
Pakistan (3rd ODI)
Lost 8 w
Dr Abdul Qadir Khan’s XI
LOST inns 19 r
Habib Bank (one-day)
LOST inns 29 r
LOST 10 w
Won 43 r
England (2nd ODI)
Lost 4 w
India (3rd ODI)
Won 41 r
Lost 3 w
† not first-class
(AC) Aitchison College
§ ODI:Wills Golden Jubilee Quadrangular Series in Pakistan;