Champions Trophy: Pakistan v West Indies preview

Last Updated: 07/06/13 8:16am

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Sunil Narine: West Indies spinner looking to make his mark in Champions Trophy

Sunil Narine: West Indies spinner looking to make his mark in Champions Trophy

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The West Indies open their Champions Trophy campaign against Pakistan on Friday at The Oval, the scene of their 2004 success in the tournament.

Coach Ottis Gibson is facing a selection dilemma for the Group B clash due to opener Johnson Charles' fine form - he has made half-centuries in both warm-up games - and only three specialist bowlers may be selected.

Captain Dwayne Bravo and batsmen Marlon Samuels, Chris Gayle and Kieron Pollard all provide alternative options in the bowling department.

Spinner Sunil Narine looks certain to start as he is the top-ranked bowler in the world in the 50-over format, as well as in Twenty20 internationals.

Narine, who took 2-26 in 10 overs against Sri Lanka at Edgbaston on Tuesday, said: "It feels much better for me this year than when I was here last year.

"I am getting some purchase off the wicket and I'm hoping to help the West Indies to some more victories in this tournament.

"The wickets last year didn't offer much turn but this year I am getting a bit more turn, they suit me a bit more and I'm trying to make the most of it."

Pakistan are without experienced duo Shahid Afridi and Younus Khan, who have been dropped, while Umar Gul is injured.

The latter's absence has created an opportunity for seamer Asad Ali, who took 3-30 in Monday's warm-up game against South Africa.

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