PCB consider ‘home’ series in Sri Lanka


The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are considering whether to move their bilateral series against the West Indies in October from the UAE to Sri Lanka to save costs.

Pakistan are scheduled to host the Windies for two Tests, three ODIs and a T20I but the costs of playing in the UAE has forced the PCB to consider looking for an alternative venue.

A PCB spokesman told ESPNcricinfo: "We are concerned about rising costs of hosting matches in the UAE, and if Sri Lanka is significantly cheaper then we shall consider it as an option."

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) confirmed that they have already received an approach from the PCB about playing the series in their country.

SLC secretary Mohan de Silva said: "Yes, they have approached us. We will put the budget together and send it back to them.

"It will depend on whether it is a financially viable option for them to host a series here."

Pakistan have not hosted Test matches since 2009 due to security reasons.