West Indies to Play Twenty20 Series for Next Five Years in Pakistan

West Indies to Play Twenty20 Series for Next Five Years in Pakistan

The last global match played at National Stadium was the first Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka during the 2009 series, following which there was an armed attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, the incident that led to Pakistan being shunned by visiting teams.

Sethi also highlighted how the PSL has helped in bringing cricket back home, saying that with the PSL final in Lahore, PCB was able to convince everyone to visit Pakistan and play cricket.

West Indies team will tour Pakistan right after the third edition of Pakistan Super League.

He added: "There were talks that the series should be played in November, but the weather conditions were not good, so we didn't take any risk".

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

"West Indies has confirmed that its full team will tour Pakistan next year to play three T20Is on March 29th, 31st, April 1st".




"We have an agreement with West Indies for the next five years", PCB chairman Najam Sethi said in comments published by Dawn newspaper. "So I am hopeful that this ends the whole speculation around cricket in Pakistan".

The series which is going to be played in the U.S., will be a triangular series, as the third team is not decided yet.

Following the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009 outside the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, global teams didn't tour the country due to security fears.

"As we speak, the National Logistics Cell (NLC) is working overtime and they have promised to get Karachi stadium ready to host the final in March", Sethi assured. Zimbabwe ended that in 2013 but most recently a number of high profile players toured the region for World XI against Pakistan.

The series, originally carded for late November, was aborted because of severe smog in Lahore and the unavailability of the leading West Indies players, but will now be played from March 29th to April 1, 2018.

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