Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

PCB chairman announces new dates for West Indies tour to Pakistan

Pakistan put off West Indies series to March West Indies to play 3-match T20 series in Pakistan, confirms Sethi
Lillian Steele | 13 November, 2017, 02:07

The two cricket boards signed an agreement to also meet in T20s for the next five years.

Pakistan had hoped three-match series would further help them revive global cricket in their country, where foreign teams have been refusing to tour over security fears for eight years.

Pakistan will host West Indies in a three-match Twenty20 series in March and the Caribbean side will be playing in the South Asian country every year for the next five years, the Pakistan Cricket Board has said. Thereafter, Sri Lanka played third T20 in their three match series in Lahore as well. The first series will be in Pakistan, and then we will go to America to play the [reciprocal] series.

The attack injured six Sri Lankan players and killed six security personnel and two civilians and Pakistan have since played nearly all of their "home" matches in the United Arab Emirates.

"There were talks to play the series in November, but due to unforeseen weather, we didn't take a risk so we will start our first series from March next year followed by the one in the USA", Sethi said in Lahore.

Since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 worldwide cricket in Pakistan was suspended but recently a limited over series with Zimbabwe, the Pakistan Super League final, Twenty20 series with a World XI were all held in Lahore.

The regional team was expected to visit the Pakistan city of Lahore later this month, but saw the tour postponed after the region became enveloped in smog.

Sethi said the agreement with West Indies showed a confidence by worldwide sides in touring Pakistan again. They think holding a series in the U.S. is financially more feasible.

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