Kingston (Jamaica): West Indies and Pakistan get a three-Test series underway today at Sabina Park in Jamaica with both teams struggling in the midst of challenging transition periods.
Despite victories in both the T20 and One-Day International series earlier in the tour, the tourists have shaped up as a far more vulnerable outfit in the traditional format of the game.
The home side, who remain mired in the lower reaches of the international rankings, look set to make further alterations to their line-up in the quest for a consistent winning formula.
Pakistan topped the Test rankings last September following their drawn series in England.
But a slump of six consecutive defeats, ironically initiated by the West Indies in Sharjah five-and-a-half months ago at the end of an otherwise disastrous campaign for the Caribbean team, has seen them slip to fifth and increased public pressure on Misbah ul Haq to step down as captain.
After much speculation Misbah has announced that this series will be his last before retiring from the international game.
And only last week fellow veteran Younis Khan, Pakistan's most prolific run-scorer in Test history, also revealed that the West Indies tour will be his last in national colours.
Khan goes into the match needing just 23 more runs to become the first Pakistani to amass 10,000 runs in Tests.