Pak­istan/windies T20 se­ries con­firmed

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 2 -

KARACHI – The Pak­istan Cricket Board has con­firmed a three-match Twenty20 se­ries against West Indies set for La­hore in late Novem­ber.

The PCB and Cricket West Indies had been in talks over the pro­posed se­ries but PCB chair­man Na­jam Sethi said the tour had been now fi­nalised and a de­tailed sched­uled would be an­nounced shortly.

“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,” Sethi said in a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view here.

Cricket West Indies an­nounced last month it was in dis­cus­sions with the PCB over the stag­ing of the se­ries in Pak­istan.

How­ever, CWI said the three matches would be “sub­ject to the safe con­clu­sion of the ICC World XI team’s three-match se­ries in La­hore in Septem­ber and af­fir­ma­tion of man­age­able se­cu­rity by the ICC spon­sored in­ter­na­tional se­cu­rity com­pany over­see­ing the se­cu­rity ar­range­ments of the World XI.”

The World XI se­ries against hosts Pak­istan started Tues­day and wraps up to­mor­row.

Sethi said the se­ries against West Indies rep­re­sented a ma­jor break­through and would pave the way for the PCB to ne­go­ti­ate with other teams to tour Pak­istan.

West Indies faced Pak­istan in a full se­ries of Tests, ODIS and T20s last year in the United Arab Emirates, be­fore host­ing the Asian side in the Caribbean ear­lier this year in a sim­i­lar se­ries. Once the Windies se­ries comes to fruition, it will mark the first time a lead­ing in­ter­na­tional side has toured Pak­istan since 2009, when mil­i­tants at­tacked a bus car­ry­ing the Sri Lanka team, re­sult­ing in in­jury to sev­eral play­ers and the death of sev­eral mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces.

Min­nows Zim­babwe toured two years ago for lim­ited overs matches, but the se­ries was not sanc­tioned by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil.

Sethi said the PCB were hope­ful of ex­pand­ing the venues to other cities in the fu­ture.

“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,” he noted. (CMC)

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