Karachi: The guest West Indies team has decided to field against the host Pakistan in the first T-20 of three-match series after winning toss.
West Indies, who are already missing several top players, including skipper Kieron Pollard, faced an additional blow when left-arm pacer Sheldon Cottrell, and all-rounders Roston Chase and Kyle Mayers, tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday.
The visitors will now have to find replacements from their large touring squad against an in-form Pakistan playing in familiar conditions.
Firm favourites Pakistan presented a T20 World Cup semi-final-like show with a 3-0 rout of Bangladesh in their home grounds last month.
Pakistan have beaten the West Indies in 12 of their 18 T20I clashes, suffering three losses.
Pakistan: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Haider Ali, Haris Rauf, Iftikhar Ahmed, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usman Qadir
West Indies: Nicholas Pooran (captain), Shai Hope (vice-captain), Darren Bravo, Dominic Drakes, Akeal Hosein, Brandon King, Gudakesh Motie, Romario Shepherd, Odean Smith, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh Jr, Rovman Powell.