West Indies cricket team to visit Pakistan

West Indies cricket team to visit Pakistan

LAHORE: Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najam Sethi has announced that West Indies team will be touring Pakistan in November this year.

He announced that the Carribean side will be playing three Twenty20 internationals in the tour.

International Cricket Council (ICC) had decided that a World XI team will visit Pakistan to play three T-20 matches in September this year.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala has stated that Sri Lanka will be ready to tour Pakistan for at least one T20I in Lahore ‘if all logistical and operational plans fall in place’.

International sporting events and team tours are rarely seen in Pakistan following a surge in terrorism incidents since the mid-2000s.

In 2015, Zimbabwe became the first international cricket team to visit Pakistan since an attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009.

The second edition of Pakistan Super League (PSL) was also held at Lahore.

International footballers, wrestlers and bodybuilders have toured Pakistan this year.

The tours are seen as a big step towards Pakistan once again hosting major international outfits after militants targeted the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009, killing eight people and wounding at least seven players.

Since the attacks Pakistan has only hosted a limited-over series against Zimbabwe in 2015 while Bangladesh, the West Indies, Sri Lanka and Ireland turned down offers over security fears.

Pakistan has also been forced to play their cricket in the UAE for the past eight years including two editions of the Pakistan Super League Twenty20 (PSL).

But security has dramatically improved across Pakistan in the last two years, signalling hopes for the slow revival of international sport in the country.

In March, Pakistan successfully hosted the PSL final in Lahore with English players Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan, West Indies’ Darren Sammy and Marlon Samuels and South Africa’s Morne van Wyk and Zimbabwe’s Sean Ervine competing.

The match’s success pushed the PCB to expedite efforts to convince more teams to play in Pakistan.

“We will play a full series with Sri Lanka in the UAE after which Sri Lanka will come to Lahore for a Twenty20, so things are shaping up,” said the PCB boss.

Sethi said he will announce the names of World XI players in the coming days, with the team being managed by former England coach Andy Flower. 

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