West Indies to travel to Pakistan for T20 series
The West Indies are expected to travel to Pakistan in November to contest a three-match T20 series, in Lahore, reports coming out of the Asian country have indicated.
Pakistan has for several years been blacklisted as a tour destination for the world’s top teams following a 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka tour bus, which left six policemen killed.
Efforts have recently been under way to get the sport back into the country’s stadiums and on Tuesday several foreign internationals, including former West Indies captain Darren Sammy, gathered in Lahore for a Pakistan versus World XI T20 tour.
A visit of the West Indies would, however, mark the first time the country has hosted a proper bilateral series in Pakistan since the attacks. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had approached Cricket West Indies (CWI) to consider a two-match T20 tour in March of this year, but the talks were stalled regarding safety concerns. The PCB, however, seems fairly confident of the Caribbean team making an appearance this time around.
“The agreement with the West Indies Cricket Board has been finalised and done and they have confirmed they will come to Lahore in November to play three T20 Internationals,” PCB chairman Najam Sethi said on a Pakistan tv station. The official hoped a successful tour would clear the way for other contests to be held in the country in the near future.
“I am still trying to convince Sri Lanka to play at least two matches in the coming series in Lahore,” Sethi said.
“Right now we are compelled to play only in Lahore but obviously with time we will schedule matches at other Test venues like Karachi, Faisalabad, Rawalpindi and Multan.”
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