West Indies tour of Pakistan moved to March
The West Indies Twenty20 international 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.
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.
The match would have been the team’s first return to the Asian country since the 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka tour bus caused it to be blacklisted as a venue.
In addition to the smog, however, other logistical issues had placed a shadow over the proposed tour. One issue stemmed around reciprocity surrounding the proposed tour.
Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi insists those issues have now been resolved.
“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.
“From then onwards, they will keep coming to Pakistan for the next five years and we will reciprocate by playing in the USA. But the series we will play in the USA will be a tri-series with the third team to be decided later.”
The three games are slotted for March 29, 31 and 1st April.