Wasim is expected to recover sufficiently to lead his diminishing troops, but both Aamir and Rashid are doubtful starters.
Pakistan's defeat in three days in the first Test was a psychological blow to a fledgling team coming so quickly after the drugs charges, subsequently withdrawn, against Wasim and three of his players in Grenada which threatened the tour. They now have back-to-back Tests to raise their challenge for what is seen at home, if not in the Caribbean, as a contest for the nebulous world Test championship.
In addition, visiting teams tread wearily on to Kensington Oval where the West Indies have built a record unrivalled at any other Test ground. They have been beaten only once here in the 28 Tests since 1930.
WEST INDIES (from): R B Richardson (capt), D L Haynes, P V Simmons, B C Lara, K L C Arthurton, C L Hooper, J R Murray (wkt), I R Bishop, C E L Ambrose, A C Cummins, C A Walsh, J C Adams, W K M Benjamin.
PAKISTAN (from): Wasim Akram (capt), Aamir Sohail, Ramiz Raja, Shakeel Ahmed, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Javed Miandad, Zahid Fazal, Basit Ali, Moin Khan (wkt), Waqar Younis, Ata-ur-Rehman, Amer Nazir.Reuse content