West Indies to play 3-match T20 series in Pakistan, confirms Sethi

Frederick Owens
November 13, 2017

While talking to a press conference, Chairman PCB said that both the teams would be playing two T20 series every year for the next five years to come, one in Pakistan and the other in the United States (US).

"WICB will send its full-strength national team in 2018 and will play three T20Is [on] March 29, 31 and April 1".

The West Indies Twenty20 global tour of Pakistan has been pushed forward to March of next year and also added to the cricket calendar for the next five years, officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have announced.

While West Indies will tour Pakistan, Sethi said it was CWI's (Cricket West Indies) decision not to have the return series in the Caribbean because of commercial reasons.

The tour was slated to take place in November this year, but it had to be rescheduled for next year.

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The National Stadium in Karachi, which hasn't hosted any high-profile game since the ill-fated series against Sri Lanka in 2009, is now undergoing renovation work and questions were being raised about whether the venue can be prepped up in time for next edition's summit clash.

Pakistan had largely been shunned by global teams for the past eight years due to security concerns following an attack by gunmen on the bus carrying the Sri Lankan team in 2009.

Najam Sethi reiterated his and the Pakistan Cricket Board's commitment to hosting the final of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in 2018, saying that the board would leave no stone unturned to make it happen.

Sethi said the agreement with West Indies showed a confidence by global sides in touring Pakistan again. "And if you look at it, a three-nation tournament will attract a lot of interest", Sethi ended.

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