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West Indies tour to Pakistan moved to next March

The West Indies have confirmed they will play a three-match T20I series in Lahore in March next year, the Pakistan Cricket Board announced at a press conference on Saturday.

The tour was slated to take place in November this year, but it had to be rescheduled for next year.

Najam Sethi, the PCB chairman, explained that logistics, weather and security challenges forced the three-match T20I series to be postponed.

Sethi added that the schedule for Windies’ tour — the three matches are to be played on March 29, 31 and April 1 — has been mutually agreed, and also claimed both countries will play regularly for five years in reciprocal arrangements.

Sethi said in Lahore: “There were talks to play the series in November, but due to unforeseen weather, we didn’t take the risk.

“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.”

Since the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 international cricket in Pakistan was suspended but recently a limited over series with Zimbabwe, the Pakistan Super League final, Twenty20 series with a World XI were all held in Lahore.

However Sri Lanka’s T20I match in Lahore last month is considered as marking the end of cricketing isolation.