West Indies to play three T20Is in Pakistan
PCB Chairman Najam Sethi proudly made the announcement that West Indies will tour Pakistan for a three-match T20I series, scheduled to take place from April 1 to April 4 this year. The tour was originally scheduled to take place in November of 2017. It later got rescheduled to March 2018 but it will now finally take place in April.
Not only the dates, the venue for the fixtures has been changed as well. The matches, which were initially scheduled to be played in Lahore, will now be carried out in Karachi. West Indies and Pakistan have signed an agreement to play a T20I series every year for the next 5 years. Matches will be held in Pakistan and the USA.
"I am hopeful that this ends the whole speculation around cricket in Pakistan...we have tied up with the Windies for a period of five years. These bilateral (series) will be a part of the FTP, since we've made this agreement," PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said.
No nation was willing to tour Pakistan since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus, which killed eight people and injured seven Sri Lankan players. Since 2009, Pakistan have hosted just 2 T20Is and 3 ODIs against minnows Zimbabwe in 2015, a T20I against Sri Lanka and 3 T20Is against World XI.